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n. pl. lar·vae (-vē) or lar·vas
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.larval - immature of its kind; especially being or characteristic of immature insects in the newly hatched wormlike feeding stage; "larval societies"; "larval crayfishes"; "the larval stage"
immature - not yet mature
2.larval - relating to or typical of a larva; "the larval eye"
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[ˈlɑːrvəl] adjlarvaire
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adjLarven-, larvenähnlich; larval stageLarvenzustand m
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[ˈlɑːvəl] adjlarvale
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(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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a. larval, larvado-a, rel. a una larva.
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References in classic literature ?
The naturalist includes as one species the several larval stages of the same individual, however much they may differ from each other and from the adult; as he likewise includes the so-called alternate generations of Steenstrup, which can only in a technical sense be considered as the same individual.
Investigations into the effects of OA on marine invertebrates have paid particular attention to larval development (Kurihara et al., 2007; Kurihara, 2008; Miller et al., 2009; Sunday el al., 2011; Doropoulos et al., 2012) because the fate of larvae is linked to settlement and population distribution (Jenkins, 2005; Johnson and Geller, 2006).
Delayed larval development was more pronounced in experiment 1 than in experiment 2 ([LC.sub.50] and [LC.sub.95] values in Table 1).
The pollen collected in the field by stingless bee forager workers is later processed by nurse bees, and is ultimately destined for offspring, composing the larval food.
El objetivo de este trabajo fue determinar la influencia de cuatro dietas, a base de salvado de arroz, en tres cantidades y tres densidades larvales sobre la duracion del periodo larval, porcentaje de viabilidad larval y peso larval de Chrysomya megacephala.
2015b), methods for larval identification by fluorescent in situ hybridization (Becker et al.
"Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae" (EEMIL) is dedicated to the memory of larval biologist Larry McEdward by the editors, two of McEdward's former Ph.D.
Abstract--To assess larval fish and egg extrusion through the standard-size mesh plankton net used during resource surveys of the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP), 81 bongo tows with side-by-side nets, each constructed with a different mesh size (0.333 mm and 0.202 mm), were taken during 5 SEAMAP surveys conducted in the Gulf of Mexico during 2005-2007.
One of these alternative and complementary methods is maggot therapy [maggot debridement therapy (MDT), biodebridement, biosurgery or larval therapy].
Available life history information on Phylloicus (Muller, 1880) focuses mainly in larval feeding habits and case building behavior (Norwood & Stewart, 2002; Rincon & Martinez, 2006).
Biocontrol potential of entomopathogenic nematodes (Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and Steinernema glaseri) against different larval instars (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th) of armyworm (Spodoptera litura F.) at different exposure times were evaluated.