Definitions for velumˈvi ləm; -lə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ve•lumˈvi ləm; -lə(n.)(pl.)-la

  1. Biol. any of various veillike or curtainlike membranous partitions.

    Category: Biology

  2. the soft palate.

    Category: Anatomy

    Ref: See under palate (def. 1). 1

  3. the frontal ciliated swimming organ of gastropod larvae.

    Category: Zoology

Origin of velum:

1765–75; < L vēlum sail, covering

Princeton's WordNet

  1. veil, velum(noun)

    a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms

  2. soft palate, velum(noun)

    a muscular flap that closes off the nasopharynx during swallowing or speaking


  1. velum(Noun)

    A thin membrane, resembling a veil, such as:

  2. velum(Noun)

    an accessory cloud resembling a veil extending over a large distance. Normally associated with cumulus and cumulonimbus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Velum(noun)

    curtain or covering; -- applied to various membranous partitions, especially to the soft palate. See under Palate

  2. Velum(noun)

    see Veil, n., 3 (b)

  3. Velum(noun)

    a thin membrane surrounding the sporocarps of quillworts Isoetes)

  4. Velum(noun)

    a veil-like organ or part

  5. Velum(noun)

    the circular membrane that partially incloses the space beneath the umbrella of hydroid medusae

  6. Velum(noun)

    a delicate funnel-like membrane around the flagellum of certain Infusoria. See Illust. a of Protozoa


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