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Larva definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

L'ARVATED, a. Masked; clothed as with a mask.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural larvae; also larvas) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, specter, mask; akin to Latin lar Lar Date: 1768 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. 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 larval adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. larvae) 1 the stage of development of an insect between egg and pupa, e.g. a caterpillar. 2 an immature form of other animals that undergo some metamorphosis, e.g. a tadpole. Derivatives: larval adj. larvicide n. Etymology: L, = ghost, mask

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Larva Lar"va, n.; pl. L. Larv[ae], E. Larvas. [L. larva ghost, specter, mask.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any young insect from the time that it hatches from the egg until it becomes a pupa, or chrysalis. During this time it usually molts several times, and may change its form or color each time. The larv[ae] of many insects are much like the adults in form and habits, but have no trace of wings, the rudimentary wings appearing only in the pupa stage. In other groups of insects the larv[ae] are totally unlike the parents in structure and habits, and are called caterpillars, grubs, maggots, etc. 2. (Zo["o]l.) The early, immature form of any animal when more or less of a metamorphosis takes place, before the assumption of the mature shape.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(larvae) A larva is an insect at the stage of its life after it has developed from an egg and before it changes into its adult form. The eggs quickly hatch into larvae. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Caterpillar, grub.

Moby Thesaurus

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