ve·​na ˈvē-nə How to pronounce vena (audio)
plural venae ˈvē-(ˌ)nē How to pronounce vena (audio)
: vein

Word History


borrowed from Medieval Latin (in vēna rāmōsa, vēna basilica), and other noun-adjective combinations — more at vein entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vena was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Vena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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