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A larval mollusk that is free-swimming and has a velum.
[New Latin vēliger : Latin vēlum, velum; see velum + Latin gerere, to bear.]
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(Zoology) 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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ve•li•ger(ˈvi lɪ dʒər)
a larval stage of certain mollusks, intermediate between the trochophore and the adult form.
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