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  • adj. Of or relating to a larva or larvae.
  • adj. Being a larva.
  • adj. Characteristic of larvae.
  • adj. Having the form or shape of a larva.
  • adj. Undeveloped, latent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a larva.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a larva; characteristic of larvæ: as, larval character; larval habits.
  • In pathology, masked; not clearly defined: said of a disease of which the symptoms are indeterminate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. immature of its kind; especially being or characteristic of immature insects in the newly hatched wormlike feeding stage
  • adj. relating to or typical of a larva


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