noun ve·la·men \və-ˈlā-mən\
plural ve·lam·i·na \-ˈla-mə-nə\

Definition of VELAMEN

:  the thick corky epidermis of aerial roots of an epiphytic orchid that absorbs water from the atmosphere

Origin of VELAMEN

New Latin, from Latin, covering, from velare to cover, from velum curtain
First Known Use: 1882

Rhymes with VELAMEN


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