[ fluh-bel-uh m ]
/ fləˈbɛl əm /
noun, plural fla·bel·la [fluh-bel-uh] /fləˈbɛl ə/.
a fan, especially one used in religious ceremonies.
a fan-shaped part.
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Examples from the Web for flabella
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
/ (fləˈbɛləm) /
noun plural -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 for flabellum
C19: from Latin: small fan, from flābra breezes, from flāre to blow
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