veligers

veliger

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

Origin:
1875–80; < Neo-Latin; see velum, -i-, -gerous

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veliger (ˈvɛlɪdʒə)
 
n
the free-swimming larva of many molluscs, having a rudimentary shell and a ciliated velum used for feeding and locomotion
 
[C19: from New Latin, from velum + -ger(ous)]

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