Meaning of “larva” in the English Dictionary

"larva" in British English

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larvanoun [ C ]

uk /ˈlɑː.və/ us /ˈlɑːr.və/ plural larvae uk /-viː/ us
adjective uk /ˈlɑː.vəl/ us /ˈlɑːr.vəl/


  • If it hears insects moving inside the tree, it gnaws the tree with its big teeth until it gets to the larvae.
  • It can hear insect larvae move four meters inside the tree!
  • The aye-aye eats insect larvae. It climbs a tree and hits the tree with its long middle finger.

(Definition of “larva” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"larva" in American English

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larvanoun [ C ]

us /ˈlɑr·və/ plural larvae /ˈlɑr·vi/

a young insect that has left its egg but has not yet developed wings, or the young of some animals

(Definition of “larva” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)