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flabellum

[fluh-bel-uh m]
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noun, plural fla·bel·la [fluh-bel-uh] /fləˈbɛl ə/.
  1. a fan, especially one used in religious ceremonies.
  2. a fan-shaped part.

Origin of flabellum

1865–70; < Latin flābellum fan, diminutive of flābra breezes, equivalent to flā(re) to blow2 + -bra, plural of -brum noun suffix of means; see castellum for formation
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Historical Examples

  • The Pope, triple-crowned, and borne with flabella through St. Peter's, is not successful—for he might be canonised into a saint.

    Ellen Terry and Her Sisters

    T. Edgar Pemberton


British Dictionary definitions for flabella

flabellum

noun plural -la (-lə)
  1. a fan-shaped organ or part, such as the tip of the proboscis of a honeybee
  2. RC Church a large ceremonial fan

Word Origin

C19: from Latin: small fan, from flābra breezes, from flāre to blow
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