vela definition by Webster's New World
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- a constellation in the S Milky Way between Carina and Antlia
Origin: Modern Latin ; from L: see veil
vela definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Plural of velum.
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Pyxis and Carina.
Origin: Latin vēla, pl. of vēlum, a covering.
Variant of velum
noun pl. vela
Biol. any of various veil-like membranous partitions or coverings; specif.,
- soft palate
- the lobed, ciliated swimming organ of gastropod larvae, located near the mouth
Origin: Classical Latin a veil