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definition of the word larva

by the Wiktionnary

From Latin larva (ghost-like, masked).

Singular
larva

Plural
larvae or larvas

larva (plural larvae or larvas)

  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.

Although the plural larvas is somewhat common, it is regarded by some as incorrect.


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