velum

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin velum (veil, sail).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈviːləm/, /ˈvɛləm/

Noun[edit]

velum (plural vela)

  1. A thin membrane, resembling a veil, such as:
    1. (anatomy) The soft palate.
    2. (botany) A thin membrane partially covering the cluster of sporangia near the leaf base in quillworts and their extinct relatives.
    3. (mycology) A veil-like membrane of immature mushrooms extending from the margin of the cap to the stem and is torn by growth, to reveal the gills.
    4. (malacology) A locomotory and feeding organ provided with cilia found in the larval stage of bivalves.
    5. (zoology) A circular membrane round the cap of medusa.
    6. A delicate membrane found on certain protists.
  2. (meteorology) An accessory cloud resembling a veil extending over a large distance. Normally associated with cumulus and cumulonimbus.

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Latin[edit]

vēla rubra (red sails)

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *weg (to weave a web).

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Noun[edit]

vēlum n (genitive vēlī); second declension

  1. the sail of a ship
  2. a cloth, curtain, veil, awning

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative vēlum vēla
genitive vēlī vēlōrum
dative vēlō vēlīs
accusative vēlum vēla
ablative vēlō vēlīs
vocative vēlum vēla

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