salp

noun
\ ˈsalp How to pronounce salp (audio) \
variants: or less commonly salpa \ ˈsal-​pə How to pronounce salp (audio) \

Definition of salp

: 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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First Known Use of salp

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salp

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

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Last Updated

9 Dec 2021

Cite this Entry

“Salp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salp. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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