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 for Velvet sponge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sponge \Sponge\ (sp[u^]nj), n. [OF. esponge, F. ['e]ponge, L.
     spongia, Gr. spoggia`, spo`ggos. Cf. Fungus, Spunk.]
     [Formerly written also spunge.]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of Spongiae, or
        Porifera. See Illust. and Note under Spongiae.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The elastic fibrous skeleton of many species of horny
        Spongiae (Keratosa), used for many purposes, especially
        the varieties of the genus Spongia. The most valuable
        sponges are found in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea,
        and on the coasts of Florida and the West Indies.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Fig.: One who lives upon others; a pertinacious and
        indolent dependent; a parasite; a sponger.
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     4. Any spongelike substance. Specifically:
        (a) Dough before it is kneaded and formed into loaves, and
            after it is converted into a light, spongy mass by the
            agency of the yeast or leaven.
        (b) Iron from the puddling furnace, in a pasty condition.
        (c) Iron ore, in masses, reduced but not melted or worked.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     5. (Gun.) A mop for cleaning the bore of a cannon after a
        discharge. It consists of a cylinder of wood, covered with
        sheepskin with the wool on, or cloth with a heavy looped
        nap, and having a handle, or staff.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     6. (Far.) The extremity, or point, of a horseshoe, answering
        to the heel.
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     Bath sponge, any one of several varieties of coarse
        commercial sponges, especially Spongia equina.
  
     Cup sponge, a toilet sponge growing in a cup-shaped form.
        
  
     Glass sponge. See Glass-sponge, in the Vocabulary.
  
     Glove sponge, a variety of commercial sponge ({Spongia
        officinalis, variety tubulifera), having very fine
        fibers, native of Florida, and the West Indies.
  
     Grass sponge, any one of several varieties of coarse
        commercial sponges having the surface irregularly tufted,
        as Spongia graminea, and Spongia equina, variety
        cerebriformis, of Florida and the West Indies.
  
     Horse sponge, a coarse commercial sponge, especially
        Spongia equina.
  
     Platinum sponge. (Chem.) See under Platinum.
  
     Pyrotechnical sponge, a substance made of mushrooms or
        fungi, which are boiled in water, dried, and beaten, then
        put in a strong lye prepared with saltpeter, and again
        dried in an oven. This makes the black match, or tinder,
        brought from Germany.
  
     Sheep's-wool sponge, a fine and durable commercial sponge
        ({Spongia equina, variety gossypina) found in Florida and
        the West Indies. The surface is covered with larger and
        smaller tufts, having the oscula between them.
  
     Sponge cake, a kind of sweet cake which is light and
        spongy.
  
     Sponge lead, or Spongy lead (Chem.), metallic lead
        brought to a spongy form by reduction of lead salts, or by
        compressing finely divided lead; -- used in secondary
        batteries and otherwise.
  
     Sponge tree (Bot.), a tropical leguminous tree ({Acacia
        Farnesiana), with deliciously fragrant flowers, which are
        used in perfumery.
  
     Toilet sponge, a very fine and superior variety of
        Mediterranean sponge ({Spongia officinalis, variety
        Mediterranea); -- called also Turkish sponge.
  
     To set a sponge (Cookery), to leaven a small mass of flour,
        to be used in leavening a larger quantity.
  
     To throw up the sponge, to give up a contest; to
        acknowledge defeat; -- from a custom of the prize ring,
        the person employed to sponge a pugilist between rounds
        throwing his sponge in the air in token of defeat; -- now,
        throw in the towel is more common, and has the same
        origin and meaning. [Cant or Slang] "He was too brave a
        man to throw up the sponge to fate." --Lowell.
  
     Vegetable sponge. (Bot.) See Loof.
  
     Velvet sponge, a fine, soft commercial sponge ({Spongia
        equina, variety meandriniformis) found in Florida and the
        West Indies.
  
     Vitreous sponge. See Glass-sponge.
  
     Yellow sponge, a common and valuable commercial sponge
        ({Spongia agaricina, variety corlosia) found in Florida
        and the West Indies.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Velvet \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.]
     [1913 Webster]
     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, or with other soft fibers such as nylon,
        acetate, or rayon.
        [1913 Webster + PJC]
  
     2. The soft and highly vascular deciduous skin which envelops
        and nourishes the antlers of deer during their rapid
        growth.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Something likened to velvet[1] in being soft or luxurious;
        as, a lawn of velvet.
        [PJC]
  
     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+(Zool.),+a+European+crab+({Portunus+puber">Velvet crab (Zool.), a European crab ({Portunus puber).
        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. (Zool.)
        (a) A large European sea duck, or scoter ({Oidemia
            fusca). 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">Velvet grass (Bot.), a tall grass ({Holcus lanatus) with
        velvety stem and leaves; -- called also soft grass.
  
     Velvet runner (Zool.), the water rail; -- so called from
        its quiet, stealthy manner of running. [Prov. Eng.]
  
     Velvet scoter. (Zool.) Same as Velvet duck, above.
  
     Velvet sponge. (Zool.) See under Sponge.
  
     in velvet having a coating of velvet[2] over the antlers;
        in the annual stage where the antlers are still growing;
        -- of deer.
        [1913 Webster + PJC]

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