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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] larva (ghost-like, masked).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
larva

Plural
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  1. A stage of growth for some insects, in which they are wingless and resemble a caterpillar or grub after hatching from their egg
  2. An animal in the aforementioned stage.
  3. A form of a recently born or hatched animal that is quite different from its adult stage.

Usage notes

Although the plural larvas is somewhat common, it is regarded by some as incorrect.

Translations

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Albanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈlaɹ.va/

Noun

larva

  1. Plural form of larvë., larvae

Italian

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Noun

larva f. (plural larve)

  1. larva, grub
  2. (figuratively) shadow, skeleton

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Latin

Etymology

From Larēs (guardian deities).

Pronunciation

Noun

larva (genitive larvae); f, first declension

  1. ghost, evil spirit, demon, devil
  2. (figuratively) horrific mask
  3. (figuratively) skeleton

Inflection

Number Singular Plural
nominative larva larvae
genitive larvae larvārum
dative larvae larvīs
accusative larvam larvās
ablative larvā larvīs
vocative larva larvae

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Norwegian

Noun

larva

  1. definite singular of larve

Swedish

Verb

larva

  1. to behave flippantly; to tramp

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