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velella

[vuh-lel-uh]
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noun
  1. 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
Related formsve·lel·li·dous, adjective
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