Meaning of LARVA in English


ˈlärvə, ˈlȧvə noun

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

Etymology: Latin, evil spirit, specter, mask; akin to Latin lar tutelary god, lar and perhaps to Latin lascivus wanton — more at lust


a. obsolete : a disembodied spirit : ghost

b. : an ancient Roman specter or apparition ; especially : a malevolent spirit

c. : a supernatural monster — used chiefly in medieval occultism


[New Latin, from Latin]

a. : the immature, wingless, and often vermiform feeding form that hatches from the egg of a holometabolous insect, increases in size, undergoes other minor changes while passing through several molts, and is finally transformed into a pupa or chrysalis from which the adult ultimately emerges — see caterpillar , grub , maggot

b. : nymph 3

c. : the early form of any animal that at birth or hatching is fundamentally unlike its parent and must pass through more or less of a metamorphosis before assuming the adult characters — used of later states than embryo

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