Vele(?), n. A veil. [Obs.] Spenser.
Ve*lel"la(?), n. [NL., dim. from L. velum a veil, a sail.] (Zol.) Any species of oceanic Siphonophora belonging to the genus Velella.
These creatures are brilliantly colored and float at the surface of the sea. They have an oblong, disklike body, supported by a thin chitinous plate, from which rises a thin diagonal crest which acts as a sail. The feeding and reproductive zooids hang down from the under side of the disk.
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