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veliger

[vee-li-jer]
noun
  1. a larval stage of certain mollusks, intermediate between the trochophore and the adult form.
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Origin of veliger

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

noun
  1. the free-swimming larva of many molluscs, having a rudimentary shell and a ciliated velum used for feeding and locomotion
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Word Origin for veliger

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