larval larval  /ˈlɑr vəl/


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


  1. In their larval stage, the voracious little insects can destroy a whole stand of valuable fir trees.
  2. Berg does not believe that the marsh flyeither in its hungry larval stage or as a weak-winged grey or brown adult poses any threat at all.
  3. In their larval stage, these amphibians usually find something besides salamanders to feed on.


  • 'Tailing' spiny lobster larvae to protect them

    In a new study of spiny lobsters scientists studied the larval dispersal of this species in the Caribbean. The goal of the study was to describe the sources, sinks, and routes connecting the Caribbean spiny lobster metapopulation. The results led the team to propose marine resource management strategies that incorporate larval connectivity and "larval lobster credits" to sustain and rebuild ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Science Daily


  1. "For example, the levee removal project looked at breaching old man-made levees around key flood plain locations to try and provide larval razorback sucker with important rearing pondlike habitat," said Trina Hedrick, native aquatics project...
    on Jul 9, 2008 By: Trina Source: Deseret News

  2. Mr Packham said: "Most of the dragonflies' life cycle is spent underwater, first as an egg and then as a larva. The larval stage can last two years or more, whilst flying adults mostly only survive a couple of weeks."
    on May 21, 2010 By: Chris Packham Source: BBC News

  3. "It's a gray area," Amis said. "If I'd written five novels about little girls and was halfway through my sixth and I hadn't finished it by any means -- I mean, it was larval -- I can see a case for not wanting it to appear."
    on Nov 17, 2009 By: Martin Amis Source: Wall Street Journal (blog)

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