velum is the dictionary form of vela Definition of velum
vela
1. [ noun ] (botany) membrane initially completely investing the young sporophore of various mushrooms that is ruptured by growth; represented in the mature mushroom by a volva around lower part of stem and scales on upper surface of the cap
Synonyms: universal_veil
Related terms: plant_part
2. [ noun ] (botany) membrane of the young sporophore of various mushrooms extending from the margin of the cap to the stem and is ruptured by growth; represented in mature mushroom by an annulus around the stem and sometimes a cortina on the margin of the cap
Synonyms: partial_veil
Related terms: plant_part cortina annulus
3. [ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) a muscular flap that closes off the nasopharynx during swallowing or speaking
Synonyms: soft_palate
Related terms: flap palate uvula
Similar spelling:   Veola
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