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salpa

[sal-puh] /ˈsæl pə/
noun, plural salpas, salpae
[sal-pee] /ˈsæl pi/ (Show IPA)
1.
any free-swimming, oceanic tunicate of the genus Salpa, having a transparent, more or less fusiform body.
Also, salp
[salp] /sælp/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1510-1520
1510-20; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin salpa < Greek sálpē kind of fish
Related forms
salpiform
[sal-puh-fawrm] /ˈsæl pəˌfɔrm/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for salp

salpa

/ˈsælpə/
noun (pl) -pas, -pae (-piː)
1.
any of various minute floating animals of the genus Salpa, of warm oceans, having a transparent barrel-shaped body with openings at either end: class Thaliacea, subphylum Tunicata (tunicates)
Derived Forms
salpiform (ˈsælpɪˌfɔːm) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin: variety of stockfish, from Greek salpē
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Encyclopedia Article for salp

any small, pelagic, gelatinous invertebrate of the orders Salpida and Doliolida (class Thaliacea, subphylum Tunicata). Found in warm seas, salps are common in the Southern Hemisphere. They have transparent barrel-shaped bodies that are girdled by muscle bands and open at each end. They are filter feeders that consume microscopic planktonic plants and animals. The life cycle of salps is complex, with alternating sexual and asexual phases. In the latter phase, long chains of individuals are formed. Many salps are luminescent

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