See also: vélum and vellum

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin vēlum (a cloth, covering, awning, curtain, veil). Doublet of veil.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈviː.ləm/, /ˈvɛl.əm/
    • (file)
    • (file)

NounEdit

velum (plural vela or velums)

  1. A thin membrane resembling a veil or curtain, such as:
    1. (anatomy) The soft palate.
    2. (botany) A thin membrane partially covering the cluster of sporangia near the leaf base in quillworts and their extinct relatives.
    3. (mycology) A veil-like membrane of immature mushrooms extending from the margin of the cap to the stem and is torn by growth, to reveal the gills.
    4. (malacology) A locomotory and feeding organ provided with cilia found in the larval stage of bivalves.
    5. (zoology) A annular membrane, typically bordering a cavity, especially in certain molluscs, medusae, and other invertebrates.
    6. A delicate membrane found on certain protists.
  2. (meteorology) An accessory cloud resembling a veil extending over a large distance; normally associated with cumulus and cumulonimbus.

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velum

  1. indefinite dative plural of vel

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin velum (veil, sail).

NounEdit

velum m (plural velums)

  1. velum

LatinEdit

 
vēla rubra (red sails)

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *weg- (to weave a web) or *weǵʰ- (to ride), thus "that which propels" (compare its diminutive noun vexillum, as in pālus, paxillus). If the latter, a direct cognate is Proto-Slavic *veslo (oar).

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NounEdit

vēlum n (genitive vēlī); second declension

  1. A cloth, covering, curtain, veil, awning.
    • a. 224, Ulpiānus, Dīgesta seu Pandectae[1], volume XXX, 41.10:
      Sed sī cancellī sint vel vēla, lēgārī poterunt, nōn tamen fistulae vel castellī.
      But while bar-doors or their veils can be legated, not so water-pipes or water-basins.
  2. (usually in the plural) The sail of a ship.

InflectionEdit

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative vēlum vēla
Genitive vēlī vēlōrum
Dative vēlō vēlīs
Accusative vēlum vēla
Ablative vēlō vēlīs
Vocative vēlum vēla

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  • velum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • velum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • velum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • velum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[2], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to put to sea: vela in altum dare (Liv. 25. 27)
    • (ambiguous) to set the sails: vela facere, pandere
    • (ambiguous) to set the sails: vela dare
    • (ambiguous) to furl the sails: vela contrahere (also metaph.)
    • (ambiguous) sails and rigging: vela armamentaque
  • velum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers