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lar·va

 (lär′və)
n. pl. lar·vae (-vē) or lar·vas
1.
a. The newly hatched, wingless, often wormlike form of many insects, developing into a pupa in species that undergo complete metamorphosis.
b. The six-legged immature form of a tick or mite.
2. The newly hatched, earliest form of any of various animals that undergo metamorphosis, differing markedly in appearance from the adult.
3. Roman Mythology A malevolent spirit of the dead.

[Latin lārva, specter, mask (because it acts as a specter of or a mask for the adult form).]

lar′val adj.
Word History: The word larva referring to the newly hatched form of insects before they undergo metamorphosis comes from the Latin word lārva, meaning "evil spirit, ghost, demon." The Latin word also was used to mean "a terrifying mask," such as one that might have been worn by a Roman performer in the role of such an evil spirit. In the 1600s and 1700s, scientists began to use the Latin word to describe the stage in an insect's life during which its final form is still hidden—the larval stage is a mask, so to speak, that the insect will later remove to reveal its adult appearance.

larva

(ˈlɑːvə)
n, pl -vae (-viː)
(Zoology) an immature free-living form of many animals that develops into a different adult form by metamorphosis
[C18: (C17 in the original Latin sense: ghost): New Latin]
ˈlarval adj

lar•va

(ˈlɑr və)

n., pl. -vae (-vi)
1. the immature, wingless, feeding stage of an insect that undergoes complete metamorphosis.
2. any animal in an analogous immature form.
3. the young of any invertebrate animal.
[1645–55; < New Latin; Latin larva ghost, mask (akin to Lar); compare imago]
lar′val, adj.

lar·va

(lär′və)
Plural larvae (lär′vē) or larvas
1. An animal in an early stage of development that differs greatly in appearance from its adult stage. Larvae are adapted to a different environment and way of life than adults and go through a process of metamorphosis in changing to adults. Tadpoles are the larvae of frogs and toads.
2. The immature, wingless, and usually worm-like feeding form of those insects that undergo three stages of metamorphosis, such as butterflies, moths, and beetles. Insect larvae hatch from eggs, later turn into pupae, and finally turn into adults. Compare imago, nymph, pupa.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphoselarva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
ascidian tadpole - free-swimming larva of ascidians; they have a tail like a tadpole that contains the notochord
bladder worm - encysted saclike larva of the tapeworm
cercaria - tadpole-shaped parasitic larva of a trematode worm; tail disappears in adult stage
wireworm - wormlike larva of various elaterid beetles; feeds on roots of many crop plants
mealworm - the larva of beetles of the family Tenebrionidae
wiggler, wriggler - larva of a mosquito
jointworm, strawworm - larva of chalcid flies injurious to the straw of wheat and other grains
ant lion, antlion, doodlebug - the larva of any of several insects
aphid lion, aphis lion - carnivorous larva of lacewing flies
dobson, hellgrammiate - large brown aquatic larva of the dobsonfly; used as fishing bait
caseworm - insect larva that constructs a protective case around its body
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
nymph - a larva of an insect with incomplete metamorphosis (as the dragonfly or mayfly)
leptocephalus - slender transparent larva of eels and certain fishes
bot - botfly larva; typically develops inside the body of a horse or sheep or human
grub - a soft thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects
polliwog, pollywog, tadpole - a larval frog or toad
Translations
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[ˈlɑːrvə] [larvae] [ˈlɑːrviː] (pl) nlarve f

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[ˈlɑːvə] n (larvae (pl)) [ˈlɑːviː]larva

larva

(ˈlaːvə) plural ˈlarvae (-viː) noun
a developing insect in its first stage after coming out of the egg; a grub or caterpillar.
ˈlarval adjective
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