noun ve·la·men \və-ˈlā-mən\

Definition of velamen



play \və-ˈla-mə-nə\
  1. :  the thick corky epidermis of aerial roots of an epiphytic orchid that absorbs water from the atmosphere

Origin and Etymology of velamen

short for New Latin vēlāmen rādicum, literally, “covering of the roots”; Latin vēlāmen “covering,” from vēlāre “to cover, clothe” (verbal derivative of vēlum “awning, curtain”) + -men, suffix of result — more at 1veil

First Known Use: 1882

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