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velum (n.)

"the soft palate," 1771, from Latin velum "a sail, awning, curtain, covering" (see veil (n.)).

updated on March 12, 2014

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Definitions of velum from WordNet

velum (n.)
a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms;
Synonyms: veil
velum (n.)
a muscular flap that closes off the nasopharynx during swallowing or speaking;
Synonyms: soft palate
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