velella

[ vuh-lel-uh ]
/ vəˈlɛl ə /

noun

a floating colony of hydrozoans of the genus Velella, having a vertical crest that is used as a sail.

Origin of velella

1825–35; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin vēl(um) sail + -ella -ella

Related forms

ve·lel·li·dous, adjective
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