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noun, plural ve·lam·i·na [vuh-lam-uh-nuh] /vəˈlæm ə nə/.
  1. Anatomy. a membranous covering; velum.
  2. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for velamen


noun plural -lamina (-ˈlæmɪnə)
  1. the thick layer of dead cells that covers the aerial roots of certain orchids and aroids and absorbs moisture from the surroundings
  2. anatomy another word for velum
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin: a veil, from vēlāre to cover
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velamen in Medicine


n. pl. ve•lam•i•na (-lămə-nə)
  1. velum
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