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plan·u·la

 (plăn′yə-lə)
n. pl. plan·u·lae (-lē′)
The flat, free-swimming, ciliated larva of a cnidarian.

[New Latin plānula, from Latin, feminine diminutive of plānus, flat (from its shape); see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

plan′u·lar, plan′u·late′ (-lāt′) adj.

planula

(ˈplænjʊlə)
n, pl -lae (-ˌliː)
(Zoology) the ciliated free-swimming larva of hydrozoan coelenterates such as the hydra
[C19: from New Latin: a little plane, from Latin plānum level ground]
ˈplanular adj

plan•u•la

(ˈplæn yə lə)

n., pl. -lae (-ˌli)
the free-swimming larva of a cnidarian.
[1865–70; < New Latin, diminutive of Latin plānum something flat. See plane1, -ule]
plan′u•lar, plan′u•late (-ˌleɪt) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.planula - the flat ciliated free-swimming larva of hydrozoan coelenteratesplanula - the flat ciliated free-swimming larva of hydrozoan coelenterates
hydroid, hydrozoan - colonial coelenterates having the polyp phase dominant
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Planktic planula (self-feeding) larvae, representing the class Anthozoa, are also common (28.
A young planula settles down as a sedentary polyp, which can sprout more polyps, sometimes for several years.
Marching to the beat of his own drum, Anton has just released his first solo CD, "Figments," on his independent label, Planula Records.