velella

noun
ve·​lel·​la | \ və̇ˈlelə \

Definition of velella

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 plural -s : any animal of the genus Velella

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Other Words from velella

velellidous \ -​elədəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for velella

New Latin, from Latin velum sail + -ella

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“Velella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/velella. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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