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larval

[lahr-vuh l] /ˈlɑr vəl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or in the form of a larva.
2.
Also, larvate
[lahr-veyt] /ˈlɑr veɪt/ (Show IPA)
. (of a disease) masked; not clearly defined.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin larvālis. See larva, -al1
Related forms
postlarval, adjective
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  • 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.
Word Origin and History for larval
adj.

1650s, from Latin larvalis, from larva (see larva).

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