Vela meaning

vē'lə
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Pyxis and Carina.
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A constellation in the S Milky Way between Carina and Antlia.
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Plural form of velum.
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Origin of vela

  • Latin vēla pl. of vēlum sail (so called because it formed the sails of the formerly recognized constellation Argo Navis, considered to represent Jason's ship, the Argo)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition