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veliger

[vee-li-jer] /ˈvi lɪ dʒər/
noun
1.
a larval stage of certain mollusks, intermediate between the trochophore and the adult form.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < New Latin; see velum, -i-, -gerous
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veliger

/ˈvɛlɪdʒə/
noun
1.
the free-swimming larva of many molluscs, having a rudimentary shell and a ciliated velum used for feeding and locomotion
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from velum + -ger(ous)
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veliger

larva typical of certain mollusks such as marine snails and bivalves. The veliger develops from trochophore (q.v.) larva and has large, ciliated lobes (velum) that form from the ciliary ring (prototroch) characteristic of the trochophore stage. The velum, used in swimming and feeding, generally disappears in the adult. During the veliger stage, the mollusk begins to develop a foot and shell

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