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[vee-luh m] /ˈvi ləm/
noun, plural vela
[vee-luh] /ˈvi lə/ (Show IPA),
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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  • The name derives from the velum, a distinctive organ used for locomotion and feeding.
  • Using permanent marker trace that room, furniture arrangement and lighting on velum.
British Dictionary definitions for velum


noun (pl) -la (-lə)
(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
(anatomy) any of various veil-like bodily structures, esp the soft palate
(botany) another word for veil (sense 6)
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: veil
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Word Origin and History for velum

1771, from Latin velum "a sail, awning, curtain, covering" (see veil (n.)).

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velum in Medicine

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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