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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.


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


(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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