noun, plural salpas, salpae [sal-pee] .
any free-swimming, oceanic tunicate of the genus Salpa, having a transparent, more or less fusiform body.
Also, salp [salp] .

1510–20; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin salpa < Greek sálpē kind of fish

salpiform [sal-puh-fawrm] , adjective Unabridged
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salpa (ˈsælpə)
n , pl -pas, -pae
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)
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin: variety of stockfish, from Greek salpē]

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