Meaning of LARVA in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈlär-və ]


( plural lar·vae -(ˌ)vē, -ˌvī ; 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

• lar·val -vəl adjective

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