This caterpillar is an example of a larva.
An example of a larva is a caterpillar that will become a butterfly.
nounpl. -·vae· or -·vas
Origin of larvaL, ghost, specter, akin to lar, household spirit: see lares
nounpl. lar·vae, 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.
- The newly hatched, earliest form of any of various animals that undergo metamorphosis, differing markedly in appearance from the adult.
- Roman Mythology A malevolent spirit of the dead.
Origin of larvaLatin lārva specter, mask (because it acts as a specter of or a mask for the adult form)
(plural larvas or larvae or larvÃ¦)
- An early stage of growth for some insects and amphibians, in which after hatching from their egg, insects are wingless and resemble a caterpillar or grub, and amphibians lack limbs and ressemble fish.
- An animal in the aforementioned stage.
- A form of a recently born or hatched animal that is quite different from its adult stage.
Although the plural larvas is somewhat common, it is regarded by some as incorrect.
From Latin larva (“ghost-like, masked").