Definition of veliger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈveləjər/ Pronunciation: /ˈvēlə-/


The final larval stage of certain mollusks, having two ciliated flaps for swimming and feeding.
Example sentences
  • Torsion takes place during the veliger stage, usually very rapidly.
  • Most marine bivalves go through a trochophore stage before turning into a free-swimming veliger larva.
  • The veliger usually metamorphoses in 5-6 days.


Late 19th century: from velum + Latin -ger 'bearing'.

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Syllabification: ve·li·ger

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