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Salpa \Sal"pa\ (s[a^]l"p[.a]), n.; pl. L. Salp[ae] (s[a^]l"p[=e]), E. Salpas (s[a^]l"p[.a]z). [NL.: cf. L. salpa a kind of stockfish.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of transparent, tubular, free-swimming oceanic tunicates found abundantly in all the warmer latitudes. See Illustration in Appendix.

Note: Each species exists in two distinct forms, one of which lives solitary, and produces, by budding from an internal organ, a series of the other kind. These are united together, side by side, so as to form a chain, or cluster, often of large size. Each of the individuals composing the chain carries a single egg, which develops into the solitary kind.


n. (plural of salpa English)

  1. n. minute floating marine tunicate having a transparent body with an opening at each end [syn: salp]

  2. [also: salpae (pl)]


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Usage examples of "salpae".

I also noticed long whitish lines of salpæ, a kind of gregarious mollusk, and large medusæ floating between the reeds.

The whole string of trailing individuals advanced in the completest balance of intention, like the remarkable creatures known as Chain Salpae, which, distinctly organized in other respects, have one will common to a whole family.