ve·​li·​ger ˈvē-lə-jər How to pronounce veliger (audio) ˈve- How to pronounce veliger (audio)
: a larval mollusk in the stage when it has developed the velum

Example Sentences

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, 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., 10 Feb. 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of veliger was in 1877

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“Veliger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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