larva - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] biology 

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/ˈlɑː(r)və/
singularlarva
plurallarvae or larvas
  1. a form that some insects take after they have left the egg and before they develop into their adult form. After a period of time, an insect larva changes into a pupa, inside which the adult insect develops.

derived word

larval

adjective