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velamen

[vuh-ley-min] /vəˈleɪ mɪn/
noun, plural velamina
[vuh-lam-uh-nuh] /vəˈlæm ə nə/ (Show IPA)
1.
Anatomy. a membranous covering; velum.
2.
Botany. the thick, spongy integument or epidermis covering the aerial roots of epiphytic orchids.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Latin vēlāmen, equivalent to vēlā(re) to cover + -men noun suffix of result
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velamen

/vəˈleɪmɛn/
noun (pl) -lamina (-ˈlæmɪnə)
1.
the thick layer of dead cells that covers the aerial roots of certain orchids and aroids and absorbs moisture from the surroundings
2.
(anatomy) another word for velum
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: a veil, from vēlāre to cover
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velamen in Medicine

velamen ve·la·men (və-lā'mən)
n. pl. ve·lam·i·na (-lām'ə-nə)
See velum.

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