What does larva mean?

Definitions for larvaˈlɑr və; -vi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. larva(noun)

    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


  1. larva(Noun)

    An early stage of growth for some insects and amphibians, in which after hatching from their egg, insects are wingless and resemble a caterpillar or grub, and amphibians lack limbs and ressemble fish.

  2. larva(Noun)

    An animal in the aforementioned stage.

  3. larva(Noun)

    A form of a recently born or hatched animal that is quite different from its adult stage.

  4. Origin: From larva.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Larva(noun)

    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 larvae 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 larvae are totally unlike the parents in structure and habits, and are called caterpillars, grubs, maggots, etc

  2. Larva(noun)

    the early, immature form of any animal when more or less of a metamorphosis takes place, before the assumption of the mature shape

  3. Origin: [L. larva ghost, specter, mask.]


  1. Larva

    A larva is a distinct juvenile form many animals undergo before metamorphosis into adults. Animals with indirect development such as insects, amphibians, or cnidarians typically have a larval phase of their life cycle. The larva's appearance is generally very different from the adult form. A larva often has unique structures and organs that do not occur in the adult form, and may have a considerably different diet. Larvae are frequently adapted to environments separate from adults. For example, some larvae such as tadpoles live exclusively in aquatic environments, but can live outside water as adult frogs. By living in a distinct environment, larvae may be given shelter from predators and reduce competition for resources with the adult population. Animals in the larval stage will consume food to fuel their transition into the adult form. Some species such as barnacles are immobile as adults, and use their mobile larval form to distribute themselves. The larvae of some species can become pubescent and not further develop into the adult form. This is a type of neoteny. It is a misunderstanding that the larval form always reflects the group's evolutionary history. This could be the case, but often the larval stage has evolved secondarily, as in insects. In these cases the larval form may differ more than the adult form from the group's common origin.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Larva

    lär′va, n. an insect in its first stage after issuing from the egg—i.e. in the caterpillar state: a ghost, spectre:—pl. Larvæ (lär′vē).adjs. Lar′val; Lar′vate, -d, clothed as with a mask; Lar′viform; Larvip′arous, producing young in a larva-form. [L. larva, a spectre, a mask.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Larva

    Wormlike or grublike stage, following the egg in the life cycle of insects, worms, and other metamorphosing animals.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of larva in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of larva in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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