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[vuh-ley-min] /vəˈleɪ mɪn/
noun, plural velamina
[vuh-lam-uh-nuh] /vəˈlæm ə nə/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy. a membranous covering; velum.
Botany. the thick, spongy integument or epidermis covering the aerial roots of epiphytic orchids.
Origin of velamen
1880-85; < Latin vēlāmen, equivalent to vēlā(re) to cover + -men noun suffix of result Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for velamen


noun (pl) -lamina (-ˈlæmɪnə)
the thick layer of dead cells that covers the aerial roots of certain orchids and aroids and absorbs moisture from the surroundings
(anatomy) another word for velum
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: a veil, from vēlāre to cover
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velamen in Medicine

velamen ve·la·men (və-lā'mən)
n. pl. ve·lam·i·na (-lām'ə-nə)
See velum.

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