- 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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Examples from the Web for salpa
In order to move itself, the Salpa has recourse to a singular artifice.The Ocean World:
The stolon, like that in Salpa, contains a prolongation of the branchial sack.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
Perhaps Salpa is the nearest animal, although the transparency of the body is nearly the only character they have in common.More Letters of Charles Darwin
Secondly, a Salpa, of the class which lives apart and has fine long fibres projecting from the hinder part of the body.
Lastly, we had the good fortune to procure a specimen of an animal which appears to form a link between the Salpa and Pyrosoma.
- 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)
C19: from New Latin, from Latin: variety of stockfish, from Greek salpē
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