From Ancient Greek χρυσαλλίς (khrusallis, “golden”), because of the color of some of them.
chrysalis (plural chrysalises or chrysalides)
- The pupa of a butterfly or moth, enclosed inside a cocoon, in which metamorphosis takes place
- 1929, M. Barnard Eldershaw, A House Is Built, Chapter VII, Section viii
- Fanny was afraid. She was like an insect new-hatched from its chrysalis, naked and unprotected in a dawn she could not face.
- (figuratively) A strong constraint.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, The Celebrity:
- However, with the dainty volume my quondam friend sprang into fame. At the same time he cast off the chrysalis of a commonplace existence.
the pupa of a butterfly or moth