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Definition of the noun larva

What does larva mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: larvae / larvas (less preferred form)

  1. 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
    • example: The life cycle of an amphibian consists of three stages: egg, larva and adult.
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic terms: animal / animate being / beast / brute / creature / fauna = a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun larva


  1. A stage of growth for some insects, in which they are wingless and resemble a caterpillar or grub after hatching from their egg.
  2. An animal in the aforementioned stage.
  3. A form of a recently born or hatched animal that is quite different from its adult stage.


  1. "Larva" is a 2005 science fiction-horror film, directed by Tim Cox, and written by Kenneth M. Badish, Boaz Davidson, David Goodin, Kevin Moore, J. Paul V. Robert and T.M. Van Ostrand. It stars Vincent Ventresca, Rachel Hunter and William Forsythe.
  2. "Larva" is a 2012 animation film directed by Joogong Maeng.


"Larva" is a book by Julián Ríos.

  • also known as "Larva: midsummer night's Babel", "Larva: a midsummer night's Babel"


Larva is a fictional character from Vampire Princess Miyu.


  1. "Larva" is a musical album of Eivør Pálsdóttir.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  2. "Larva" is a musical album of Oxyd.
    • released in (8 years ago)


  1. Larva is a Mexican numetal band.
    • albums: "Horror Vacui", "Casa de alfileres", "Anormal", "Él miente", "Ente", "Semen", "El día de la peste", "Como Es Para Mi", "Zoótropo", "La exposición plástica", "Hermoso cadáver", "Blanco absoluto"
  2. Larva is a musical group.
    • albums: "Diogenes Syndrome", "Autosectarismo", "Entre agujas", "Und sie aßen sich selbst", "Voces del laberinto", "The Hated"
    • official website:
  3. Larva a.k.a. Lärva is a musical group.
    • album: "Fi(r)st Fucking EP"


  1. Larva is a tv series nominated for 2013 International Emmy Kids Award for Animation.
  2. Larva: In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the larva is a type of outsider.

Phrases with Larva

  1. Agyneta Larva
  2. Zelowan larva
  3. Chaoilta Larva
  4. Enchelis Larva
  5. Meioneta larva
  6. Cranopsis Larva
  7. Forficula Larva
  8. Protonyssus Larva
  9. Puncturella Larva
  10. Typhlolabia Larva
  11. Plesiocystiscus Larva
  12. Species Agyneta Larva
  13. species Zelowan larva
  14. Species Chaoilta Larva
  15. Species Enchelis Larva
  16. Species Meioneta Larva
  17. Species Cranopsis Larva
  18. Species Forficula Larva
  19. Species Protalges Larva
  20. Species Protonyssus Larva

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Printed books with definitions for Larva

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Google previewCmplt Biology For Medical Ent Exams

by Kumar

Pentacrinoid larva is a sessile stalked larval stage, which follows a free- swimming stage in the development of...

Ammocoete larva is the larva of a cyclostome such as the Petromyzon, which shows many primitive features, and in some ...

Google previewAlternative Life-History Styles of Animals (2012)

by Michael N. Bruton

Accordingly, a larva is a young animal that is quite different in appearance from the adult – like the trochophora in polychaetes and molluscs, the pluteus in sea urchins, a caterpillar in butterflies, or a tadpole in amphibians. In order to grow into ...

Google previewTreatise on Injurious and Benefecial Insects to Crops

The larva is a general feeder, eating sedges, the goldenrod, blueberry, waxwork, ...

Google previewKaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England (2012)

by Kenn Kaufman, Kimberly Kaufman

The larva is a little eating machine, munching away on a specific kind of food ( usually a certain plant, or members of a certain group of plants) and growing. As the larva grows, it sheds its exoskeleton (or “skin”) several times; the stages ...

Google previewThe Principles of Insect Control (1929)

An insect larva is a voracious feeder, its alimentary canal is usually long, there is generally a mass of reserve food-stuff in the form of " fat-body," and the body cavity differs from the body cavity of most other animal groups in being a ...

Google previewLocal Knowledge and Agricultural Decision Making in the Philippines (1995)

Class, Gender, and Resistance by Virginia D. Nazarea-Sandoval

Not a single informant reasoned that butterflies are harmful because they give rise to caterpillars, although farmers, at least some of them, recognize that the larva is an immature stage of the butterfly. Kiti-kiti (wrigglers) are hardly recognized as ...

Google previewPests of Field Crops and Pastures (2007)

Identification and Control by P. T. Bailey

The larva is a voracious predator, but the adult is nOt predatory. (Graphic Science : O Denis Crawford) days. The larvae are pinkish-brown with well- developed legs and jaws. The jaws are used to suck fluid from prey. Larvae are very mobile ...

Google previewMolecular and Physiological Basis of Nematode Survival (2011)

by Roland N. Perry, David A. Wharton

From an ecological perspective, the dauer larva is an adaptation of nematode life history strategy to an ecology that is characterized by 'boom and bust': free-living nematodes generally inhabit patchy environments in which food, in particular, ...

Google previewImportant Pecan Insects and Their Control (1924)

by John Boyd Gill

larva is a robust, yellowish ...

Google previewAcarina of the Family Cheyletidae of the World (1989)

by Vsevolod Ivanovič Volgin

The larva is the simplest to identify among the other mobile growth phases because it has only three pairs of ambulatory appendages. Nymph 25 identification requires considerable experience and knowledge. It is understandable therefore ...

Google previewElements of Hygiene and Public Health (2015)

For the Use of Medical Students and Practitioners by Rai Bahadur Jaising P. Modi

The larvae or maggots hatch out from the eggs from eight to twentyfour hours under favourable conditions. The larva is a white slender creature without any legs, but tapering towards the head, ...

Google previewMiscellaneous Publication (1950)

The larva is an elongate, robust, cylindrical borer ...

Google previewThe Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual (2008)

by Christopher A. Sanford, Elaine C. Jong

Similar eruptions occur with the larvae of Ancylostoma duodenale, Necator americanus, Strongyloides stercoralis, and others. When the eruption occurs perianally, it is called larva currens and is generally due to S. stercoralis (see Chapter 40) ...

Google previewProtein Metabolism and Homeostasis in Aging (2011)

by Nektarios Tavernarakis

The dauer larva is a developmentally arrested dispersal stage that can live up to six months. Aging seems to be suspended in dauer larvae.1 Indeed, four daf ( dauer formation) genes, f daf-2, age-1, daf-16 and 6 daf-18, have been shown to ...

Google previewInsect Enemies of Eastern Forests (1950)

by Frank Cooper Craighead

The 'larva is an elongate, robust, cylindrical borer having the head very fiat and longer than wide. The posterior portion of the pronotum is dark, velvety pubescent, and the dorsal ampullae bear four rows of shining tubercles. Beneath the anal ...

Google previewThe True Clothes Moths (1915)

by C. L. Marlatt

The larva is a dull white caterpillar, with the head and the upper part of the next segment light brown, and is never seen free from its movable case or jacket, the construction of which is its first task. If it be necessary for it to change its position, ...

Google previewA General System of Nature (1806)

Through the Three Grand Kingdoms of Animals, Vegetables, and Minerals ... by Carl von Linné

The larva is the troublesome magot found in cheese bacon hams &c. so well known to the house-wife under the name of the hopper. - Silky- black: wings white with a double black rib half way down ; legs long compressed.

Google previewEvolution of the Insects (2005)

by David Grimaldi, Michael S. Engel

The larva is the truly defining feature of Holometabola. This immature form is generally a slender, soft-bodied insect with three short pairs of thoracic legs or none (sometimes they also have abdominal prolegs), and no external wing buds.

Google previewParasitic Infections in the Compromised Host (1988)

by Peter D. Walzer, Robert M. Genta

It has been shown in several parasitic nematodes that the cuticle of the third- stage larva is a dynamic structure of constant renovation. This, if confirmed for S. stercoralis, may have important implications related to the ability of the parasite to ...

Google previewAn Inventor in the Garden of Eden (1994)

by Eric Laithwaite

The British goat moth larva is a wood -boring insect. It is so- called because it smells like a goat! The smell is intentional, a built-in atomiser (another human ' invention' a few million years late) to spray foul acid to dissuade birds from eating it.

Google previewDevelopment of Sea Urchins, Ascidians, and Other Invertebrate Deuterostomes (2004)

Experimental Approaches by Charles A. Ettensohn, Gregory A. Wray, Gary M. Wessel

The dona larva is a very transient form that subsists on maternally deposited yolk stores and appears to function only for dispersal and selecting a location to settle. When grown in the laboratory, we find that dona will swim for an average of ...

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Scrabble value of L1A1R1V4A1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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