Pronunciation: lar'va, lar've
- The wormlike developmental stage or stages of an insect or helminth that are markedly different from the adult and undergo subsequent metamorphosis; a grub, maggot, or caterpillar.
- The second stage in the life cycle of a tick; the stage that hatches from the egg and, following engorgement, molts into the nymph.
- The young of fishes or amphibians that often differ in appearance from the adult.
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