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[sal-puh] /ˈsæl pə/
noun, plural salpas, salpae
[sal-pee] /ˈsæl pi/ (Show IPA)
any free-swimming, oceanic tunicate of the genus Salpa, having a transparent, more or less fusiform body.
Also, salp
[salp] /sælp/ (Show IPA)
Origin of salpa
1510-20; < New Latin, special use of Latin salpa < Greek sálpē kind of fish
Related forms
[sal-puh-fawrm] /ˈsæl pəˌfɔrm/ (Show IPA),
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noun (pl) -pas, -pae (-piː)
any of various minute floating animals of the genus Salpa, of warm oceans, having a transparent barrel-shaped body with openings at either end: class Thaliacea, subphylum Tunicata (tunicates)
Derived Forms
salpiform (ˈsælpɪˌfɔːm) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin: variety of stockfish, from Greek salpē
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