velum

noun
ve·​lum | \ ˈvē-ləm \
plural vela\ ˈvē-​lə \

Definition of velum

1 : a membrane or membranous part resembling a veil or curtain: such as
b : an annular membrane projecting inward from the margin of the bell in some jellyfishes (such as the hydromedusae)
2 : a swimming organ that is especially well developed in the later larval stages of many marine gastropods

First Known Use of velum

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for velum

borrowed from Latin vēlum "awning, curtain"; in sense 1a short for New Latin vēlum palātī or vēlum palātīnum, literally, "curtain of the palate" — more at veil entry 1

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velum

noun
ve·​lum | \ ˈvē-ləm \
plural vela\ -​lə \

Medical Definition of velum

: a membrane or membranous part resembling a veil or curtain: as

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