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[fluh-bel-uh m] /fləˈbɛl əm/
noun, plural flabella
[fluh-bel-uh] /fləˈbɛl ə/ (Show IPA)
a fan, especially one used in religious ceremonies.
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 Unabridged
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  • 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


noun (pl) -la (-lə)
a fan-shaped organ or part, such as the tip of the proboscis of a honeybee
(RC Church) a large ceremonial fan
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: small fan, from flābra breezes, from flāre to blow
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