[lahr-vuh l]


of, relating to, or in the form of a larva.
Also lar·vate [lahr-veyt] /ˈlɑr veɪt/. (of a disease) masked; not clearly defined.

Nearby words

  1. larum,
  2. larva,
  3. larva currens,
  4. larva migrans,
  5. larvae,
  6. larval therapy,
  7. larvate,
  8. larvicide,
  9. larviparous,
  10. larvivorous

Origin of larval

From the Latin word larvālis, dating back to 1650–60. See larva, -al1

Related formspost·lar·val, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for larval



1650s, from Latin larvalis, from larva (see larva).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper