[ sal-puh ]

noun,plural sal·pas, sal·pae [sal-pee]. /ˈsæl pi/.
  1. any free-swimming, oceanic tunicate of the genus Salpa, having a transparent, more or less fusiform body.

Origin of salpa

1510–20; <New Latin, special use of Latin salpa<Greek sálpē kind of fish
  • Also salp [salp]. /sælp/.

Other words from salpa

  • sal·pi·form [sal-puh-fawrm], /ˈsæl pəˌfɔrm/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use salpa in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for salpa


/ (ˈsælpə) /

nounplural -pas or -pae (-piː)
  1. 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)

Origin of salpa

C19: from New Latin, from Latin: variety of stockfish, from Greek salpē

Derived forms of salpa

  • salpiform (ˈsælpɪˌfɔːm), adjective

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