chrys|a|lis «KRIHS uh lihs», noun, plural chrys|a|lis|es, chry|sal|i|des «kruh SAL uh deez».
1. the stage in the development of moths, butterflies, and most other insects between the larva and the adult stage, when the larva lives in a hard case or cocoon; pupa.
2. the case or cocoon.
3. Figurative. a stage of development or change.
[< Latin chr golden pupa of a butterfly < Greek chrís < chrós gold]

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