larva definition

  • noun:
    • The recently hatched, wingless, frequently wormlike form of many insects before metamorphosis.
    • The newly hatched, earliest stage of every of numerous pets that undergo metamorphosis, varying markedly in kind and appearance from the adult.
    • Roman Mythology A malevolent nature of the lifeless; a lemur.
    • an early on phase of growth for a few bugs and amphibians, for which after hatching from their egg, bugs are wingless and resemble a caterpillar or grub, and amphibians lack limbs and ressemble fish.
    • An animal in the aforementioned stage.
    • a kind of a recently born or hatched animal that's rather different from its adult phase.
    • 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 larvæ 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 larvæ are totally unlike the parents in structure and habits, and are called caterpillars, grubs, maggots, etc.
    • the first, immature form of any pet when pretty much of a metamorphosis takes place, before the assumption regarding the mature form.
    • In Roman mythology, a ghost; a specter; a shade: generally into the plural. Compare Lar, 1.
    • In zoology:
    • early as a type of any pet which during its development is unlike its moms and dad: hence the tadpole, the larva regarding the frog, is unlike the frog.
    • A genus of mollusks.
    • A genus of wild birds: identical to Alca.
    • the immature free-living type of most invertebrates and amphibians and seafood which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose

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