- a fan, especially one used in religious ceremonies.
- a fan-shaped part.
Origin of flabellum
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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
- 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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