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chrysalis (ˈkrɪsəlɪs



Word forms:   plural chrysalises or chrysalides  (krɪˈsælɪˌdiːz
  1. the obtect pupa of a moth or butterfly
  2. anything in the process of developing

Word Origin

C17: from Latin chrӯsallis, from Greek khrusallis, from khrusos gold, of Semitic origin; compare Hebrew harūz gold

Example Sentences Including 'chrysalis'

A window was open, the match flame like a moth coming 6 out of its chrysalis.
Sillitoe, Alan The Open Door
The elevator was descending fast, it was dropping like a stone, pulling her out of her skin like an insect emerging from its chrysalis.
Stewart, Michael Compulsion


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