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[vee-luh, vey-]
noun, genitive Velorum [vee-lawr-uhm, -lohr-, vey-] , for 1. Astronomy.
the Sail, a southern constellation: one of the subordinate constellations into which Argo is divided.
U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of reconnaissance satellites designed to detect nuclear explosions.

< Latin, plural of vēlum sail


noun, plural vela [vee-luh] , for 1, 2, velum for 3.
Biology. any of various veillike or curtainlike membranous partitions.
Anatomy. the soft palate. See under palate ( def 1 ).
Meteorology. a thin cloud, large in horizontal area, that is draped over or penetrated by cumuliform clouds.

1765–75; < Latin vēlum sail, covering Unabridged
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Vela (ˈviːlə)
n , Latin genitive Velorum
a constellation in the S hemisphere, close to Puppis and Carina and crossed by the Milky Way, that has four second-magnitude stars and a young bright pulsar

velum (ˈviːləm)
n , pl -la
1.  zoology any of various membranous structures, such as the ciliated oral membrane of certain mollusc larvae or the veil-like membrane running around the rim of a jellyfish
2.  anatomy any of various veil-like bodily structures, esp the soft palate
3.  botany another word for veil
[C18: from Latin: veil]

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velum ve·lum (vē'ləm)
n. pl. ve·la (-lə)

  1. An anatomical structure resembling a veil or curtain. Also called veil, velamen.

  2. See greater omentum.

  3. A serous membrane or membranous envelope or covering.

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