- any free-swimming, oceanic tunicate of the genus Salpa, having a transparent, more or less fusiform body.
Also salp [salp] /sælp/.
Origin of salpa
1510–20; < New Latin, special use of Latin salpa < Greek sálpē kind of fish
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Maury has described certain amphipod crustaceans which also inhabit the Salp.Animal Parasites and Messmates
P. J. Van Beneden
- 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)
Word Origin for salpa
C19: from New Latin, from Latin: variety of stockfish, from Greek salpē
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