veliger

[ vee-li-jer ]
/ ˈvi lɪ dʒər /
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noun

a larval stage of certain mollusks, intermediate between the trochophore and the adult form.

Nearby words

  1. veldt,
  2. velella,
  3. veleta,
  4. velia,
  5. velic,
  6. velikiye luki,
  7. velitation,
  8. velites,
  9. velleity,
  10. vellicate

Origin of veliger

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at velum, -i-, -gerous

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British Dictionary definitions for veliger

veliger

/ (ˈvɛlɪdʒə) /

noun

the free-swimming larva of many molluscs, having a rudimentary shell and a ciliated velum used for feeding and locomotion

Word Origin for veliger

C19: from New Latin, from velum + -ger (ous)

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