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Meaning of LARVA

Pronunciation:  'lârvu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  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

LARVA is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 See Also: animal, animate being, ant lion, antlion, aphid lion, aphis lion, ascidian tadpole, beast, bladder worm, bot, brute, caseworm, caterpillar, cercaria, creature, dobson, doodlebug, fauna, grub, hellgrammiate, jointworm, leptocephalus, mealworm, nymph, polliwog, pollywog, strawworm, tadpole, wiggler, wireworm, wriggler



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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