[fluh-bel-uh m]

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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Related Words for flabella

leaf, blade, draft, propeller, vane, windmill, ventilator, flabellum

Examples from the Web for flabella

Historical Examples of 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


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 for flabellum

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