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See also: larve and larvé


Larve einer Blaugrünen Mosaikjungfer (blue hawker, Aeshna cyanea)


Borrowed from Latin lārva (ghost; mask).


  • IPA(key): /ˈlaʁ.fə/
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  • Hyphenation: Lar‧ve
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Larve f (genitive Larve, plural Larven)

  1. (zoology) larva (early stage of growth for some insects and amphibians)
  2. (archaic outside Switzerland, Austria or southern Germany) mask
    Synonym: Maske
    • 1801, Friedrich Schiller, Joseph Mellish, transl., Maria Stuart, page 27:
      Verzeihung / Für diese verhaßte Larve, Königin, / Die mir zu tragen Kampf genug gekostet, / Doch der ich’s danke, daß ich mich euch nahen, / Euch Hülfe und Errettung bringen kann.
      Oh, pardon, / My gracious liege, for the detested mask, / Which it has cost me pain enough to wear; / Yet through such means alone have I the power / To see you, and to bring you help and rescue.


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