from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Biology A covering or partition of thin membranous tissue, such as the veil of a mushroom or a membrane of the brain.
  • n. Anatomy The soft palate.
  • n. Zoology A ciliated swimming organ that develops in certain larval stages of most marine gastropod mollusks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin membrane, resembling a veil, such as:
  • n. An accessory cloud resembling a veil extending over a large distance. Normally associated with cumulus and cumulonimbus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A curtain or covering; -- applied to various membranous partitions, especially to the soft palate. See under Palate.
  • n.
  • n. See Veil, n., 3 (b).
  • n. A thin membrane surrounding the sporocarps of quillworts Isoetes).
  • n. A veil-like organ or part.
  • n. The circular membrane that partially incloses the space beneath the umbrella of hydroid medusæ.
  • n. A delicate funnel-like membrane around the flagellum of certain Infusoria. See Illust. a of Protozoa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [capitalized] One of the subdivisions of the constellation Argo Navis. See Argo, 2.
  • n. Same as velarium, 1.
  • n. In botany: In Hymenomycetes, a special membranous envelop which incloses for a time the whole or a part of the sporophore.
  • n. In Isoëtes, the outgrown membranous margin of the fovea. Also called involucrum.
  • n. In Mollusca, the highly characteristic ciliated formation of the embryo, which serves as an organ of locomotion in that stage when the embryo is called a veliger. It is usually soon lost, but in some cases is permanently retained in a modified form. See cuts under veliger.
  • n. In Hydrozoa, a kind of flap or circular free edge which projects inward around the margin of the disk of many hydrozoans, as those which are bell-shaped or conical, and which from its presence are called craspedote; a velarium.
  • n. In Infusoria, a delicate veil-like membrane bordering the mouth in such forms as Cyclidium and Pleuronema.
  • n. In sponges, one of the transverse diaphragms or partitions which constrict the lumen of an incurrent or excurrent canal.
  • n. In Rotifera, the trochal disk. See cuts under trochal, Rotifer, and Rotifera.
  • n. In entomology, a membrane attached to the inner side of the cubital spur in certain bees.
  • n. In anatomy, a veil, or a part likened to a veil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms
  • n. a muscular flap that closes off the nasopharynx during swallowing or speaking


Latin vēlum, veil.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin velum ("veil, sail"). (Wiktionary)


  • A formation of cilia surrounding the mouth called a velum assist the veliger capture food particles.

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  • A fromation of cilia srurrounding the mouth called a velum assist the veliger capture food particles.

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  • A formation of cilia surrounding the mouth (called the velum) helps the veliger capture food particles.

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  • The name velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS) comes from the Latin words "velum" meaning palate, "cardia" meaning heart and "facies" having to do with the face.


  • If you miss this fleeting apparition, perhaps you will enjoy the longer-lasting "velum," a stripe or patch of cloud sometimes found loitering around the base of sturdy cumuli.

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  • Cleaned carefully, the velum could be reused again and again.

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  • "No fear of that," Shalkan said, stepping daintily out of the woods, hidden until that moment, though how something the size of a pony and whiter than new velum could hide that easily, Kellen could never figure out.

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  • Real tea for Kellen, who missed the taste, and a thick roll of velum, drawing charcoal, and a sponge.

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  • Oh, my 'mentor' for my first comic book uses an 'overlay' of drafting film velum? on top of graphite drawings to trace my drawing and then make his own change on that.

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  • Rezolushuns on ornate velum is always teh way to go for welcome back anouncements.

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