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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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Historical Examples

  • The absence of a pneumatic duct in the Physoclisti would appear to be due to a post-larval atrophy.

    The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)

    Francis Maitland Balfour

Word Origin and History for post-larval



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

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