from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Anatomy A membranous covering or partition; velum.
- n. Botany The spongy, multiple epidermis that covers the aerial roots of epiphytic orchids and certain other plants and is capable of absorbing atmospheric moisture.
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- n. A covering membrane or velum
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as velamentum.
This color is a result of the thing called velamen which usually is composed of single or even of a number of levels of epidermal cells.
Illa surrexit, et abiit, et removit velamen suum a se, et induit se vestibus viduitatis suae.
In de Corona militis, 4, after instancing Rebecca, he goes on to say of Susanna: “si et Susanna in iudicio revelata argumentum velandi præstat, possum dicere: et hic velamen arbitrii fuit,” etc.
Purple was the favourite colour for this velamen, or veil; because, when the sun shone through it, it cast such beautiful rosy tints on the snowy arena and the white purple-edged togas of the Roman citizens.
Purple was the favorite color for this velamen, or veil; because, when the sun shone through it, it cast such beautiful rosy tints on the snowy arena and the white purple-edged togas of the Roman citizens.
Hoc autem velamen non solum in facie Moysi, sed et in Evangelistis et in Apostolis positum est.
'Patrician,' had Italy ceded to him by a 'Pragmatic' sanction, and Zeno placed on his head the sacrum velamen, a square of purple, signifying in
• Orchid roots are covered by a thin membrane referred to as velamen.
When the velamen is too dry, its color is silvery or white while a watered velamen will appear green or slightly mottled.
The velamen takes up moisture from the ambient atmosphere.