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velamen

play
noun ve·la·men \və-ˈlā-mən\

Definition of velamen

plural velamina play \-ˈla-mə-nə\

  1. :  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

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