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[fluh-bel-uh m]
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noun, plural fla·bel·la [fluh-bel-uh] /fləˈbɛl ə/.
  1. a fan, especially one used in religious ceremonies.
  2. a fan-shaped part.
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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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  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for flabellum


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
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Word Origin

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