Definition of obtect in English:

obtect

(also obtected)

adjective

Entomology
  • (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.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Latin obtectus, past participle of obtegere ‘cover over’.

Pronunciation

obtect

/əbˈtɛkt//əbˈtekt/