(of an insect pupa or chrysalis) covered in a hard case with the legs and wings attached immovably against the body.
- ‘The obtect pupa of butterflies is a common example.’
- ‘T.A. Chapman has shown (1893) that the completely obtect pupa characterises the more highly developed families of Lepidoptera.’
Late 19th century: from Latin obtectus, past participle of obtegere ‘cover over’.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.