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velella

[ vuh-lel-uh ]
/ vəˈlɛl ə /
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noun
a floating colony of hydrozoans of the genus Velella, having a vertical crest that is used as a sail.
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Origin of velella

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

OTHER WORDS FROM velella

ve·lel·li·dous, adjective

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