- of, relating to, or in the form of a larva.
- Also lar·vate [lahr-veyt] /ˈlɑr veɪt/. (of a disease) masked; not clearly defined.
Origin of larval
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Examples from the Web for larval
A record would spend years in larval form as an acetate, the big waxy master from which copies were made.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
August 2, 2014
Except perhaps an injunction to my fellow emergent adults: remember your larval years!Must-Read College Novels: From “Lucky Jim” to “Pnin”
August 13, 2012
Paedogenetic: reproducing in the sexually immature or larval stage.
Paedogenesis: reproduction in the sexually immature or larval stage.
Ultimate: last or final: that larval stage just before pupation.
The empty case at a shows the last stage of the larval life.Chatterbox, 1905.
The ant-lion was the larval form the lace-wing fly, of course.Nightmare Planet
Word Origin and History for larval
1650s, from Latin larvalis, from larva (see larva).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper