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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Larva  \Lar"va\,  n.;  pl  L.  {Larv[ae]},  E.  {Larvas}.  [L.  larva 
  ghost,  specter,  mask.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  young  insect  from  the  time  that  it  hatches 
  from  the  egg  until  it  becomes  a  pupa,  or  chrysalis.  During 
  this  time  it  usually  molts  several  times,  and  may  change 
  its  form  or  color  each  time.  The  larv[ae]  of  many  insects 
  are  much  like  the  adults  in  form  and  habits,  but  have  no 
  trace  of  wings,  the  rudimentary  wings  appearing  only  in 
  the  pupa  stage.  In  other  groups  of  insects  the  larv[ae] 
  are  totally  unlike  the  parents  in  structure  and  habits, 
  and  are  called  {caterpillars},  {grubs},  {maggots},  etc 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  early,  immature  form  of  any  animal  when 
  more  or  less  of  a  metamorphosis  takes  place  before  the 
  assumption  of  the  mature  shape. 




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