velella

noun ve·lel·la \və̇ˈlelə\

Definition of velella

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of floating oceanic siphonophores widely distributed in warm seas and closely related to those of the genus Porpita but having an oblique crest which acts as a sail and often causes the animal to be drifted to coasts remote from its native habitat

  2. 2 plural -s :  any animal of the genus Velella

velellidous

\-elədəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of velella

New Latin, from Latin velum sail + -ella


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