larval

[lahr-vuhl]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or in the form of a larva.
2.
Also, larvate [lahr-veyt] . (of a disease) masked; not clearly defined.

Origin:
1650–60; < Latin larvālis. See larva, -al1

postlarval, adjective
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larva (ˈlɑːvə)
 
n , pl -vae
an immature free-living form of many animals that develops into a different adult form by metamorphosis
 
[C18: (C17 in the original Latin sense: ghost): New Latin]
 
'larval
 
adj

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larval

stage n. Describes a period of monomaniacal concentration on coding apparently passed through by all fledgling hackers. Common symptoms include the perpetration of more than one 36-hour hacking run in a given week; neglect of all other activities including usual basics like food, sleep, and personal hygiene; and a chronic case of advanced bleary-eye. Can last from 6 months to 2 years, the apparent median being around 18 months. A few so afflicted never resume a more `normal' life, but the ordeal seems to be necessary to produce really wizardly (as opposed to merely competent) programmers. See also wannabee. A less protracted and intense version of larval stage (typically lasting about a month) may recur when one is learning a new OS or programming language.
Example sentences
While in their larval stage, giant clams must swim and feed in the water column.
Because the larval biology of many beetles is so poorly known, there are probably even heavier species.
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