[fluh-bel-uh m]

noun, plural fla·bel·la [fluh-bel-uh] /fləˈbɛl ə/.

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

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 flabellum

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

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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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