See also: larve and larvé


Larve einer Blaugrünen Mosaikjungfer (blue hawker, Aeshna cyanea)


From Middle High German larve, from Latin lārva (ghost; mask).


  • IPA(key): /ˈlarfə/, [ˈlaʁ.fə], [ˈlaɐ̯-], [ˈlaː-], [ˈlaɾ-]
  • IPA(key): /ˈlarvə/ (less common; see below)
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  • The standard pronunciation is for this stem to be realised with /f/ when the preceding syllable has primary stress (as e.g. in Larven, entlarven), but with /v/ when the stress moves forward (as e.g. in larval, larviert). However, a minority of speakers may use /v/ in all prevocalic positions. Compare the same in Nerv.
  • Hyphenation: Lar‧ve


Larve f (genitive Larve, plural Larven)

  1. (zoology) larva (early stage of growth for some insects and amphibians)
  2. (southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, otherwise archaic, literary) 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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