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larva

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noun lar·va \ˈlär-və\

Simple Definition of larva

  • : a very young form of an insect that looks like a worm

Full Definition of larva

plural lar·vae play \-(ˌ)vē, -ˌvī\ also larvas

  1. 1 :  the immature, wingless, and often wormlike feeding form that hatches from the egg of many insects, alters chiefly in size while passing through several molts, and is finally transformed into a pupa or chrysalis from which the adult emerges

  2. 2 :  the early form of an animal (as a frog or sea urchin) that at birth or hatching is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose before assuming the adult characters

lar·val play \-vəl\ adjective

Examples of larva

  1. The larva of a butterfly is called a caterpillar.

  2. <the larva looked ugly, but it was destined to hatch into a beautiful butterfly>



Origin of larva

New Latin, from Latin, specter, mask; akin to Latin lar Lar


First Known Use: 1768


Medical Dictionary

larva

play
noun lar·va \ˈlär-və\

Medical Definition of larva

plural lar·vae \-(ˌ)vē, -ˌvī\play play also larvas

  1. 1:  the immature, wingless, and often wormlike feeding form that hatches from the egg of many insects, alters chiefly in size while passing through several molts, and is finally transformed into a pupa or chrysalis from which the adult emerges

  2. 2:  the early form of an animal (as a frog) that at birth or hatching is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose before assuming the adult characters

  3. lar·val \-vəl\play adjective





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