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(lar′vă )

pl. larvae [L. larva, a ghost, mask]

1. A general term for the developing form of an insect after it has emerged from the egg and before it transforms into a pupa, from which it emerges as an adult.
SEE: imago (3); SEE: pupa
2. The immature forms of other invertebrates such as worms.
larval (lar′văl ), adj.

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