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vela

[vee-luh]
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  1. plural of velum.
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Vela

[vee-luh, vey-]
noun, genitive Ve·lo·rum [vee-lawr-uh m, -lohr-, vey-] /viˈlɔr əm, -ˈloʊr-, veɪ-/ for 1. Astronomy.
  1. the Sail, a southern constellation: one of the subordinate constellations into which Argo is divided.
  2. U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of reconnaissance satellites designed to detect nuclear explosions.
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Origin of Vela

< Latin, plural of vēlum sail

velum

[vee-luh m]
noun, plural ve·la [vee-luh] /ˈvi lə/, for 1, 2, ve·lum for 3.
  1. Biology. any of various veillike or curtainlike membranous partitions.
  2. Anatomy. the soft palate.See under palate(def 1).
  3. Meteorology. a thin cloud, large in horizontal area, that is draped over or penetrated by cumuliform clouds.
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Origin of velum

First recorded in 1765–75, velum is from the Latin word vēlum sail, covering
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Vela

noun Latin genitive Velorum (viːˈlɔːrəm)
  1. a constellation in the S hemisphere, close to Puppis and Carina and crossed by the Milky Way, that has four second-magnitude stars and a young bright pulsar
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velum

noun plural -la (-lə)
  1. zoology any of various membranous structures, such as the ciliated oral membrane of certain mollusc larvae or the veil-like membrane running around the rim of a jellyfish
  2. anatomy any of various veil-like bodily structures, esp the soft palate
  3. botany another word for veil (def. 6)
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin: veil
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Word Origin and History for vela

velum

n.

1771, from Latin velum "a sail, awning, curtain, covering" (see veil (n.)).

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vela in Medicine

velum

(vēləm)
n. pl. ve•la (-lə)
  1. An anatomical structure resembling a veil or curtain.veil velamen
  2. greater omentum
  3. A serous membrane or membranous envelope or covering.