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/ˈlɑr vi/. 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. ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?Where did the term larval stage come from?
In the 1600s and 1700s, scientists began to use the Latin word to describe the stage in an insect's life during which its final form is still hidden—the larval stage is a mask, so to speak, that the insect will later remove to reveal its adult appearance. American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.What is the root word of larvareferring?
lar′valadj. Word History: The word larvareferring to the newly hatched form of insects before they undergo metamorphosis comes from the Latin word lārva,meaning "evil spirit, ghost, demon." The Latin word also was used to mean "a terrifying mask," such as one that might have been worn by a Roman performer in the role of such an evil spirit.What is the larva of a frog?
An animal in an early stage of development that differs greatly in appearance from its adult stage. Larvae are adapted to a different environment and way of life from those of adults and go through a process of metamorphosis in changing to adults. Tadpoles are the larvae of frogs and toads.