Larva Definition

lärvə
larvae, larvas
noun
The newly hatched, wingless, often wormlike form of many insects before metamorphosis.
American Heritage
The early, free-living, immature form of any animal that changes structurally when it becomes an adult, usually by a complex metamorphosis.
The caterpillar is the larva of the butterfly; the tadpole is the larva of the frog.
Webster's New World
A malevolent spirit of the dead.
American Heritage
The six-legged immature form of a tick or mite.
American Heritage Medicine
An animal in the aforementioned stage.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Larva

Noun

Singular:
larva
Plural:
larv, larvae, larvas

Origin of Larva

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin larva (“ghost-like, masked").

    From Wiktionary

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