Definition of larva in English:

larva

noun

  • 1The active immature form of an insect, especially one that differs greatly from the adult and forms the stage between egg and pupa, e.g. a caterpillar or grub.

    Compare with nymph (sense 2)
    • ‘In Nebraska it overwinters as a larvae or pupae under manure piles or in other breeding areas.’
    • ‘A pupa is an insect in the intermediate stage between larva and adult; the term chrysalis is used of a butterfly or moth in this intermediate stage.’
    • ‘Once the snake's head contacted an ant larva or pupa, the snake maneuvered its head so that its mouth was positioned directly over the prey.’
    • ‘Stilt Sandpipers eat a wide variety of insects and insect larvae during the breeding season.’
    • ‘During the breeding season, aquatic insect larvae become a predominant part of the diet.’
    • ‘The life cycle of a butterfly includes four stages: egg, caterpillar or larva, pupa, and adult.’
    • ‘There, the larva develops into a pupa, more closely resembling an adult phorid.’
    • ‘Once enshrouded in silk, the larva enters a new stage, that of the pupa.’
    • ‘The nest held 206 cells, six of which contained larvae in various stages of development.’
    • ‘Putsi flies have normal four life cycle stage like most insects - egg, larvae, pupa and adult.’
    • ‘Once the snout contacted an ant larva or pupa, the snake would slide the ventral surface of its snout over the top of the prey until the prey item was positioned at or near the front of the mouth.’
    • ‘If not, the larva becomes a pupa only once it has been fully provisioned, and its actual development duration then exceeds the minimum duration.’
    • ‘They appear in the morning and fly over turf in search of beetle grubs or the larvae of other insects.’
    • ‘All flies pass through four life stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult.’
    • ‘During the breeding season, insects and insect larvae are the primary sources of food.’
    • ‘Goldfish feed on crustaceans, insect larvae, molluscs and some vegetation.’
    • ‘On the breeding grounds, insects and insect larvae are the most important source of food.’
    • ‘Residual insecticide will kill only larvae and adults; it will not kill eggs or pupae.’
    • ‘Eggs are drought resistant and lay on the ground, where the larvae scavenge on dead insects.’
    • ‘The hatchet fish has a diet which is composed primarily of insects and larvae.’
    1. 1.1 An immature form of other animals that undergo some metamorphosis, e.g. a tadpole.
      • ‘But the human fish appears not to complete the metamorphosis; it reaches sexual maturity as a larva.’
      • ‘Zebrafish larvae at 5 dpf were fractionated into body, eye, and brain samples.’
      • ‘Hungry when born, sea horses eat crustacean larvae and other small creatures with their tubular mouths.’
      • ‘Later, the tadpole larva will undergo metamorphosis to give rise to the adult frog; the tail regresses and the limbs form.’
      • ‘Free-swimming larvae of land crabs eat plankton in the ocean.’
      • ‘The eggs of most frogs hatch into aquatic, free-swimming larvae, commonly known as tadpoles.’
      • ‘A larva is an immature animal that doesn't look like the adult and differs markedly from the adult.’
      • ‘The free-swimming larva settles and undergoes metamorphosis into a juvenile sponge.’
      • ‘She wonders how the larvae of animals that live in hydrothermal vents get from one vent to another.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (denoting a disembodied spirit or ghost): from Latin, literally ‘ghost, mask’.

Pronunciation

larva

/ˈlɑːvə/