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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In England the flabellum was in use even in remote parishes.

    History of the Fan George Woolliscroft Rhead
  • Fl, The flabellum which becomes the epipodite of higher forms.

  • The goddess of victory in the form of a vulture holding a flabellum or fan of feathers and a signet-ring in each claw.

    The New York Obelisk Charles E. Moldenke
  • The flabellum is used, though now rarely made of precious metal.

  • The sixth pair have no chel, but at the base have a peculiar process termed the flabellum.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • As belonging to this family, we present here illustrations of flabellum pavoninum, Lesson (Fig. 67).

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • The large organ of the flabellum and the branchial organs he has not taken into consideration.

    The Origin of Vertebrates Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • A special sense-organ, such as the flabellum of Limulus or the pecten of scorpion, remains and gives rise to the auditory organ.

    The Origin of Vertebrates Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • Upon the completion of the victory, four fan-bearers, each with crook and flabellum, offer the spoils of conquest to the king.

    History of the Fan George Woolliscroft Rhead
  • A portion of the cylindrical stem of a flabellum or aspergillum, probably French of the twelfth century, is in the British Museum.

    History of the Fan George Woolliscroft Rhead
British Dictionary definitions for flabellum


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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