variants or less commonly salpa
: any of various transparent barrel-shaped or fusiform free-swimming tunicates (class Thaliacea) abundant in warm seas

Examples of salp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Andrew Jeffs, a marine science professor at the University of Auckland says that the pyrosome and the salp, a cousin of the pyrosome, are both important to tropical waters as a food source. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 28 Nov. 2021

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin, a kind of deep-sea fish, from Greek salpē

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salp was in 1835

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“Salp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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