The definition of a larva is a young animal or insect that will change into something else in adulthood.(noun)
An example of a larva is a caterpillar that will become a butterfly.
See larva in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L, ghost, specter, akin to lar, household spirit: see lares
See larva in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. lar·vae (-vē) or lar·vas
Origin: Latin lārva, specter, mask (because it acts as a specter of or a mask for the adult form).
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