planular, planulate /plan"yeuh layt'/, adj.
/plan"yeuh leuh/, n., pl. planulae /-lee'/. Zool.
the ciliate, free-swimming larva of a coelenterate.
[1865-70; < NL, dim. of L planum something flat. See PLANE1, -ULE]

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plural  planulae 

      free-swimming or crawling larval type common in many species of the phylum Cnidaria (e.g., jellyfish, corals, and sea anemones). The planula body is more or less cylindrical or egg-shaped and bears numerous cilia (tiny hairlike projections), which are used for locomotion. Planulae are produced by the polyp form in sea anemones and other anthozoans and by the medusa form in most other cnidarians. See also polyp (zoology); medusa.

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