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

From the Latin word larvālis, dating back to 1650–60. See larva, -al1
Related formspost·lar·val, adjective
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Related Words for larval

simple, elementary, primitive, embryonic, elemental, abecedarian, basal, beginning, early, immature, initial, introductory, primary, undeveloped, larval, simplest, uncompleted, vestigial

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Word Origin and History for larval


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

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