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. 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 (Portunus puber). When adult the black carapace is covered with a velvety pile. Called also lady crab, and velvet fiddler.
(Science: botany) Velvet dock See sponge.
Origin: 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.