larva NOUN (pl. larvae) an active immature form of an insect or other animal that undergoes metamorphosis, e.g. a caterpillar or tadpole.
DERIVATIVES larval adjective.
ORIGIN originally denoting a disembodied spirit: from Latin, 'ghost, mask' .

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  • larval — lar val (l[aum]r val), a. [L. larvalis ghostly. See {Larva}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Of or pertaining to a larva. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • larval — 1650s, from L. larvalis, from larva (see LARVA (Cf. larva)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • larval — adj. 2 g. 1. Da natureza da larva. 2. Relativo a larva. 3.  [Figurado] Relativo a fantasmas. 4. Assustador. • Sinônimo geral: LARVAR, LARVÁRIO …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • larval — (De larva). adj. larvario …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • larval — adjective 1. immature of its kind; especially being or characteristic of immature insects in the newly hatched wormlike feeding stage (Freq. 1) larval societies larval crayfishes the larval stage • Similar to: ↑immature • Derivationally related …   Useful english dictionary

  • larval — ► adjetivo ZOOLOGÍA De la larva: ■ algunos peces pasan por una fase larval durante su desarrollo. * * * larval adj. Zool. De [la] larva. * * * larval. (De larva). adj. larvario. * * * ► …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • larval — adj. Larval is used with these nouns: ↑stage …   Collocations dictionary

  • larval — [[t]lɑ͟ː(r)v(ə)l[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Larval means concerning insect larvae or in the state of being an insect larva …   English dictionary

  • larval — lar·va (lär’və) n. pl. lar·vae ( vē) or lar·vas 1) The newly hatched, wingless, often wormlike form of many insects before metamorphosis. 2) The newly hatched, earliest form of any of various animals that undergo metamorphosis, differing markedly …   Word Histories

  • Larval stage planning — Datos generales Origen Sapporo, Hokkaidō,  Japón …   Wikipedia Español

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