What does the word larva mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Sir Charles Lyell
  2. The accompanying illustration shows a larva of Dytiscus which has caught a young trout. – Amateur Fish Culture by 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 by Sabine Baring-Gould