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chrysalid ‎(comparative more chrysalid, superlative most chrysalid)

  1. of or relating to a chrysalis.
    • 2003 June 20, Kerry Reid, “Choice Cuts”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      Dark: In Larva, Pupa, and Flight details the transformation from a chrysalid state of frustration--rendered here by a dark, mechanistic environment complete with droning soundscape--to a fleeting interlude of freedom.
    • 1924, Alexander Teixeira De Mattos, The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles[2]:
      The larva which is fed on honey first adopts a false chrysalid appearance and afterwards goes back to its earlier form, though the necessity for these transformations escapes us entirely.
    • 1922, Hubert D. Henderson, Supply and Demand[3]:
      Most of the omissions of matter often treated in textbooks are intentional; for as a subject develops, it is important, especially in books meant to be introductory, to discard the marks of the chrysalid stage before thought had wings.
    • 1860, Various, Atlantic Monthly, Volume 6, No. 38, December, 1860[4]:
      But, for all that, there had been intervals, ere his thirteen years' exile ended, in which, so far from regret, he experienced a certain joy at remembrance of this rough and rugged point of time where he had escaped from the chrysalid state to one of action and freedom and real life.


chrysalid ‎(plural chrysalids)

  1. Archaic form of chrysalis.
    • 1872, William Henry Edwards, The Butterflies of North America
      Of the other chrysalids seven are living at this date (15th October).