noun, plural lar·vae [lahr-vee] /ˈlɑr vi/.
- larsen ice shelf,
- lartigue, jacques henri,
- larva currens,
- larva migrans,
- larval therapy
Origin of larva
Examples from the Web for larva
When summer comes, adult beetles attack and larva feed in the cambium layer, girdling the trees and sealing their doom.
The larva of the dragon fly exhibits, in a very striking manner, the mode of respiration in aquatic insects.The Book of the Aquarium and Water Cabinet|Shirley Hibberd
A peculiar little creature, known as Tornaria, was once considered to be the larva of a starfish.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)|David Starr Jordan
In Tibicen septemdecim the life of the larva extends over from thirteen to seventeen years.
The truth is, this sand bag is a house, and its occupant is a larva.The Insect Folk|Margaret Warner Morley
The typical Cyclostomatous larva, for the first full description of which we are indebted to Barrois (No. 298).The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)|Francis Maitland Balfour
noun plural -vae (-viː)
Word Origin for larva
1650s, "a ghost, specter," from Latin larva (plural larvae), earlier larua "ghost," also "mask;" applied in biological sense 1768 by Linnaeus because immature forms of insects "mask" the adult forms. On the double sense of the Latin word, Carlo Ginzburg, among other students of mythology and folklore, has commented on "the well-nigh universal association between masks and the spirits of the dead."