from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A larval stage of a mollusk characterized by the presence of a velum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The planktonic larva of many kinds of marine and freshwater gastropod molluscs, as well as most bivalve molluscs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any larval gastropod or bivalve mollusk in the stage when it is furnished with one or two ciliated membranes for swimming.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which bears a velum; in Mollusca, specifically, the veligerous stage of the embryo, or the embryo in that stage, when it has a ciliated swimmingmembrane or velum (see velum, 3, and typembryo).
New Latin vēliger : Latin vēlum, velum; see velum + Latin gerere, to bear.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin velum a veil + gerere bear. (Wiktionary)