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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kris-uh-lis]
    • /ˈkrɪs ə lɪs/
    • /ˈkrɪs.əl.ɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kris-uh-lis]
    • /ˈkrɪs ə lɪs/

Definitions of chrysalis word

  • countable noun chrysalis A chrysalis is a butterfly or moth in the stage between being a larva and an adult. 3
  • countable noun chrysalis A chrysalis is the hard, protective covering that a chrysalis has. 3
  • noun chrysalis the obtect pupa of a moth or butterfly 3
  • noun chrysalis anything in the process of developing 3
  • noun chrysalis the pupa of a butterfly, the form of the insect when between the larval and adult stages and in a case or cocoon 3
  • noun chrysalis the case or cocoon 3

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Origin of chrysalis

First appearance:

before 1650
One of the 45% oldest English words
1650-60; < Latin chrȳsalis < Greek chrȳsallís, equivalent to chrȳs- chrys- + -allis suffix, probably with diminutive value

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Parts of speech for Chrysalis


chrysalis popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for chrysalis

noun chrysalis

  • advancement — Advancement is progress in your job or in your social position.
  • improvement — an act of improving or the state of being improved.
  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
  • progress — a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage: the progress of a student toward a degree.
  • maturity — the state of being mature; ripeness: The fruit will reach maturity in a few days.

Antonyms for chrysalis

noun chrysalis

  • decrease — When something decreases or when you decrease it, it becomes less in quantity, size, or intensity.
  • halt — to falter, as in speech, reasoning, etc.; be hesitant; stumble.
  • stoppage — an act or instance of stopping; cessation of activity: the stoppage of all work at the factory.
  • lessening — to become less.
  • reduction — the act of reducing or the state of being reduced.

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