n. pl. ve·la (-lə)
1. Biology A covering or partition of thin membranous tissue, such as the veil of a mushroom, a rim of tissue around the margin of the bell of certain cnidarians, or a membrane of the brain.
2. Anatomy The soft palate.
3. Zoology A ciliated swimming and feeding organ that develops in certain larval stages of most gastropod and bivalve mollusks.
[Latin vēlum, veil.]
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