chrysalis

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From Ancient Greek χρυσαλλίς (khrusallis, golden), because of the color of some of them.

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chrysalis (plural chrysalises or chrysalides)

  1. 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.
  2. (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.

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