[ sal-puh ]
/ ˈsæl pə /

noun, plural sal·pas, sal·pae [sal-pee] /ˈsæl pi/.

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

Related forms

sal·pi·form [sal-puh-fawrm] /ˈsæl pəˌfɔrm/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for salpa


/ (ˈsælpə) /

noun plural -pas or -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 for salpa

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