[ vee-li-jer ]
/ ˈvi lɪ dʒər /


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

Origin of veliger

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at velum, -i-, -gerous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for veliger


/ (ˈvɛlɪdʒə) /


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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