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noun, plural ve·la [vee-luh] /ˈvi lə/, for 1, 2, ve·lum for 3.

  1. Biology. any of various veillike or curtainlike membranous partitions.
  2. Anatomy. the soft palate.See under palate(def 1).
  3. Meteorology. a thin cloud, large in horizontal area, that is draped over or penetrated by cumuliform clouds.

noun, genitive Ve·lo·rum [vee-lawruh m, –lohr-, vey-] /viˈlɔr əm, -ˈloʊr-, veɪ-/ for 1. Astronomy.

  1. the Sail, a southern constellation: one of the subordinate constellations into which Argo is divided.
  2. U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of reconnaissance satellites designed to detect nuclear explosions.

noun Latin genitive Velorum (viːˈlɔːrəm)

  1. a constellation in the S hemisphere, close to Puppis and Carina and crossed by the Milky Way, that has four second-magnitude stars and a young bright pulsar

noun plural -la (-lə)

  1. zoology any of various membranous structures, such as the ciliated oral membrane of certain mollusc larvae or the veil-like membrane running around the rim of a jellyfish
  2. anatomy any of various veil-like bodily structures, esp the soft palate
  3. botany another word for veil (def. 6)
n.

1771, from Latin velum “a sail, awning, curtain, covering” (see veil (n.)).

n. pl. ve•la (-lə)

  1. An anatomical structure resembling a veil or curtain.veil velamen
  2. greater omentum
  3. A serous membrane or membranous envelope or covering.

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