Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The small, free-swimming, ciliated aquatic larva of various invertebrates, including certain mollusks and annelids.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The free-swimming larva of some invertebrates that have a circlet of cilia

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A larval type found in many invertebrates and exhibiting many points of resemblance to an adult trochelminth or rotifer. Also termed trochosphere.

Etymologies

Greek trokhos, wheel (from trekhein, to run) + -phore.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • If you get around to making a -ger list to complement your bear, -fer and -phore lists, don't forget veliger (another kind of molluscan larva).

    February 9, 2008

  • The small, free-swimming, ciliated aquatic larva of various invertebrates, including certain mollusks and annelids.

    February 9, 2008