Larva - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈlɑːrvə|  American pronunciation of the word larva
Brit.  |ˈlɑːvə|  British pronunciation of the word larva


- the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose


The larva of a butterfly is called a caterpillar.

...the larva looked ugly, but it was destined to hatch into a beautiful butterfly...

The larva then transforms to a pupa.

Word forms

singular: larva
plural: larvae or larvas
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