Cotton velvet, an imitation of velvet, made of cotton.Velvet cork, the best kind of cork bark, supple, elastic, and not woody or porous.Velvet crab a European crab When adult the black carapace is covered with a velvety pile. Called also lady crab, and velvet fiddler.Velvet dock(Bot.), the common mullein.Velvet duck. (Zoöl.) (a) A large European sea duck, or scoter The adult male is glossy, velvety black, with a white speculum on each wing, and a white patch behind each eye. (b) The American whitewinged scoter. See Scoter.Velvet flower(Bot.), love-lies-bleeding. See under Love.Velvet grass(Bot.), a tall grass (Holcus lanatus) with velvety stem and leaves; — called also soft grass.Velvet runner(Zoöl.), the water rail; — so called from its quiet, stealthy manner of running. [Prov. Eng.] — Velvet scoter. (Zoöl.) Same as Velvet duck, above.Velvet sponge. (Zoöl.) See under Sponge.

(Vel"vet), a. Made of velvet; soft and delicate, like velvet; velvety. " The cowslip's velvet head." Milton.

(Vel"vet), v. i. To pain velvet. [R.] Peacham.

(Vel"vet), v. t. To make like, or cover with, velvet. [R.]

(||Ve"lum) n.; pl. Vela [L., an awning, a veil. See Veil.]

1. (Anat.) Curtain or covering; — applied to various membranous partitions, especially to the soft palate. See under Palate.

2. (Bot.) (a) See Veil, n., 3 (b). (b) A thin membrane surrounding the sporocarps of quillworts Isoetes).

3. (Zoöl.) A veil-like organ or part. Especially: (a) The circular membrane that partially incloses the space beneath the umbrella of hydroid medusæ. (b) A delicate funnel-like membrane around the flagellum of certain Infusoria. See Illust. a of Protozoa.

(Vel"ure) n. [F. velours, OF. velous, from L. villosus hairy. See Velvet.] Velvet. [Obs.] "A woman's crupper of velure." Shak.

(Vel`u*ti"na) n. [NL. See Velvet.] (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of marine gastropods belonging to Velutina and allied genera.

(Ve*lu"ti*nous) a. [It. velluto velvet. See Velvet.] (Bot.) Having the surface covered with a fine and dense silky pubescence; velvety; as, a velutinous leaf.

(Vel"verd) n. The veltfare. [Prov. Eng.]

(Vel`ver*et") n. A kind of velvet having cotton back.

(Vel"vet) n. [OE. velouette, veluet, velwet; cf. OF. velluau, LL. velluetum, vellutum, It. velluto, Sp. velludo; all fr. (assumed) LL. villutus shaggy, fr L. villus shaggy hair; akin to vellus a fleece, and E. wool. See Wool, and cf. Villous.]

1. A silk fabric, having a short, close nap of erect threads. Inferior qualities are made with a silk pile on a cotton or linen back.

2. The soft and highly vascular deciduous skin which envelops and nourishes the antlers of deer during their rapid growth.

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