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[vee-li-jer] /ˈvi lɪ dʒər/
a larval stage of certain mollusks, intermediate between the trochophore and the adult form.
Origin of veliger
1875-80; < New Latin; see velum, -i-, -gerous Unabridged
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  • All these lakes have at one time had zebra mussels in either adult or veliger form.
  • Several treatment schedules in these test conditions killed veliger and plantigrade stages of the zebra mussels.
  • Such physical disturbance generally results in the veliger closing the valves of their shells.
  • As the veliger matures, it searches for a firm location within the water to attach itself.
British Dictionary definitions for veliger


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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