Definitions for salpsælp; ˈsæl pə; ˈsæl pi
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salpsælp; ˈsæl pə; ˈsæl pi(n.)(pl.)salps also sal•pas, sal•pae
any free-swimming, oceanic tunicate of the order Salpida, having a transparent, barrel-shaped body.
Origin of salp:
1510–20; < NL Salpa genus name; L salpa a kind of saltwater fish < Gk sálpē
minute floating marine tunicate having a transparent body with an opening at each end
Any of a group of free-swimming tunicates of the genus Salpa
any species of Salpa, or of the family Salpidae
A salp or salpa is a barrel-shaped, planktonic tunicate. It moves by contracting, thus pumping water through its gelatinous body. The salp strains the pumped water through its internal feeding filters, feeding on phytoplankton.