[ vuh-ley-min ]
/ vəˈleɪ mɪn /
noun, plural ve·lam·i·na [vuh-lam-uh-nuh]. /vəˈlæm ə nə/.
Anatomy. a membranous covering; velum.
Botany. the thick, spongy integument or epidermis covering the aerial roots of epiphytic orchids.
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Origin of velamen
1880–85; <Latin vēlāmen, equivalent to vēlā(re) to cover + -men noun suffix of result
Words nearby velamen
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British Dictionary definitions for velamen
/ (vəˈleɪmɛn) /
noun plural -lamina (-ˈlæmɪnə)
the thick layer of dead cells that covers the aerial roots of certain orchids and aroids and absorbs moisture from the surroundings
anatomy another word for velum
Word Origin for velamen
C19: from Latin: a veil, from vēlāre to cover
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Medical definitions for velamen
[ və-lā′mən ]
n. pl. ve•lam•i•na (-lăm′ə-nə)
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