noun, plural lar·vae [lahr-vee] /ˈlɑr vi/.
Origin of larva
Examples from the Web for larvae
Contemporary Examples of larvae
Jellyfish eat the eggs and larvae of other species higher on the food chain, as well as the plankton that those larvae would eat.Beware at the Beach, the Jellyfish Rule the Seas and It’s Our Fault
June 20, 2013
The sago palm weevil, a type of beetle, is eaten, roasted or raw, as a larvae in Southeast Asia.Cicadas, Grasshoppers, Locusts, Ants Among the Tastiest Insects
May 14, 2013
The larvae produce parasitic worms that can enter the human body and take up residence for as long as 14 years.Necrotizing Fasciitis, Blinding Larvae & More Scary Diseases
May 18, 2012
Historical Examples of larvae
Corpus adiposum: the mass of fat tissue often found in larvae.
Homomorpha: insects in which the larvae resemble the adults.
Limaciform: having the form of a Limax or slug; said of larvae.
Scutes: the chitinous shields or plates on the segments of larvae.
Tentacular -um: retractile processes on the larvae of Lepidoptera.
noun plural -vae (-viː)
Word Origin for larva
plural of larva (q.v.).
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."