• WordNet 3.6
    • v pupate develop into a pupa "the insect larva pupate"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Pupate (Zoöl) To become a pupa.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pupate To become a pupa; enter upon the pupal state; undergo transformation from the state of the grub or larva to that of the perfect insect or imago: as, to pupate under ground; to pupate in winter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Pupate to become a pupa
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pupa, a girl, a doll, fem. of pupus, a boy, a child; cf. puer, a boy.


In literature:

The larvae commenced to pupate on 13th of October.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 344, August 5, 1882" by Various
Then the caterpillars pupate, the moths come out, and in July and August the egg clusters appear.
"Studies of Trees" by Jacob Joshua Levison
Similarly the Horse-bot escapes from the host's intestine with the excrement, and pupates on the ground.
"The Life-Story of Insects" by Geo. H. Carpenter
It enters the soil, burrows to a depth of one-half to two inches, and forms an earthern cell in which to pupate.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
They then pupate, and from sixteen to twenty days later the adult beetles emerge.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
In this cocoon pupation, which lasts about ten days, takes place.
"Apple Growing" by M. C. Burritt
These larvae pupate and remain as pupae in the wheat stubble during the summer.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
A long sigh of relief the gardener or farmer draws when the caterpillars lie quiet to pupate.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
The larvae complete their growth in four or five weeks when they enter the ground to pupate.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
Pupipara: a series of Diptera, in which the females do not extrude the young until they have reached the stage ready to pupate.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith

In news:

Mature larvae leave the fruit, burrow into the soil to pupate, and emerge as adults the following year.
Last appearing in 1998, Brood XIX of periodical cicada will pupate into adulthood and make their way above ground this spring.
Adults' emergence from their pupation in the soil is timed to coincide with the sprouting runners of squash vines : early June in southern locales and late June or early July in the North.