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Dec 20, 2001
This week's theme
Words with irregular plurals

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occiput
opus
numen
chrysalis
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chrysalis

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(KRIS-uh-lis), plural chrysalises or chrysalides (kri-SAL-i-deez)

noun: A pupa of a moth or butterfly, enclosed in a cocoon.

From Latin chrysallis, from Greek.

"The climax of metamorphosis into an adult can be viewed almost daily. Butterflies usually emerge from their chrysalises sometime between 9:30 am and 11:30 am."
William Allen; Where Beauty Flutters By; The St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Jul 23, 1995.

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