Synonyms for larva

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The larva when grown was at least four times as long as the egg.

Laemodipodiform: like a laemodipod; similar to the larva of a walking stick.

Larvarium: a tube or case made by a larva as a shelter or retreat.

Pleopoda: abdominal legs of larva: posterior legs of an adult.

Pre-pupal: that stage in the larva just preceding the change to pupa.

The larva, or "worm," soon hatches and eats its way into the apple.

The larva then enters the ground to a depth of several inches.

Larva (plural larvæ): the young or immature form of an insect.

It is evidently the work of the bee herself, and is not secreted and laid on by the larva.

The larva of Andrena (Fig. 29) is soft and fleshy, like that of the Honey bee.

WORD ORIGIN

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."

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