Definition of larva noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlɑːvə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɑːrvə//
(pl. larvae
BrE BrE//ˈlɑːviː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɑːrviː//
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an insect at the stage when it has just come out of an egg and looks like a short fat worm See related entries: Invertebrates Word Origin mid 17th cent. (denoting a disembodied spirit or ghost): from Latin, literally ‘ghost, mask’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: larva