[lahr-vuh] /ˈlɑr və/
noun, plural larvae
[lahr-vee] /ˈlɑr vi/ (Show IPA)
Entomology. the immature, wingless, feeding stage of an insect that undergoes complete metamorphosis.
any animal in an analogous immature form.
the young of any invertebrate animal.
larvae, Roman Antiquity. malignant ghosts, as lemures.
noun (pl) -vae (-viː)
an immature free-living form of many animals that develops into a different adult form by metamorphosis
plural of larva (q.v.).
1650s, “a ghost, specter,” from Latin larva (plural larvae), earlier larua “ghost,” also “mask;” applied in biological sense 1768 by Linnaeus because immature forms of insects “mask” the adult forms. On the double sense of the Latin word, Carlo Ginzburg, among other students of mythology and folklore, has commented on “the well-nigh universal association between masks and the spirits of the dead.”
larva lar·va (lär’və)
n. pl. lar·vas or lar·vae (-vē)
Plural larvae (lär’vē) or larvas
[lahr-vuh l] /ˈlɑr vəl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or in the form of a . 2. Also, larvate [lahr-veyt] /ˈlɑr veɪt/ (Show IPA). (of a disease) masked; not clearly defined. adj. 1650s, from Latin larvalis, from larva (see larva).
- Larval stage
Describes a period of monomaniacal concentration on coding apparently passed through by all fledgling hackers. Common symptoms include the perpetration of more than one 36-hour hacking run in a given week; neglect of all other activities including usual basics like food, sleep, and personal hygiene; and a chronic case of advanced bleary-eye. Can last from […]
- Larval therapy
noun 1. the use of maggots that feed on dead tissue to assist in the healing of serious wounds. An ancient practice, it has been revived in rare cases in which healing is hampered by the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics
- Larva migrans
larva migrans larva mi·grans (mī’grānz’) n. pl. larvae mi·gran·tes (mī-grān’tēz’) A larval worm, typically a nematode, that wanders in the host tissues but does not develop to the adult stage.