ve·​li·​ger | \ ˈvē-lə-jər How to pronounce veliger (audio) , ˈve- How to pronounce veliger (audio) \

Definition of veliger

: a larval mollusk in the stage when it has developed the velum

Examples of veliger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They were transported to new areas as adults that had attached to the hulls or outside of engines of recreational boats or as microscopic larvae - veligers - hiding in bilge, live wells or other water-holding areas of boats. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boaters key to slowing invasive species," 3 Mar. 2018 Their microscopic larvae, called veligers, reached the United States by way of the Great Lakes in the late 1980s, probably as stowaways inside a freighter's ballast tanks., "At Columbia River's doorstep, an uneasy lookout for invasive mussels," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of veliger

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for veliger

velum + -i- + Latin -ger "carrying, wearing," nominal derivative of gerere "to carry, wear, perform" — more at jest

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“Veliger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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