Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: noun

A caterpillar or grub; insect life after leaving the egg.

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Usage examples "larva":

  1. I collected sixty shells from the New Jersey deposits in 1841, five of which were identical with European species- Ostrea larva, O. vesicularis, Gryphaea costata, Pecten quinque- costatus, Belemnitella mucronata. - "The Student's Elements of Geology", Sir Charles Lyell.
  2. The accompanying illustration shows a larva of Dytiscus which has caught a young trout. - "Amateur Fish Culture", Charles Edward Walker.
  3. The larva has in it the promise of wings, and it grows into a butterfly or dies a grub. - "Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe", Sabine Baring-Gould.