- a fan, especially one used in religious ceremonies.
- a fan-shaped part.
Origin of flabellum
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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
- a fan-shaped organ or part, such as the tip of the proboscis of a honeybee
- RC Church a large ceremonial fan
C19: from Latin: small fan, from flābra breezes, from flāre to blow
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