- Biology. a long, lashlike appendage serving as an organ of locomotion in protozoa, sperm cells, etc.
- Botany. a runner.
- Also called clavola. Entomology. (in an antenna) the whiplike portion above the basal joints.
- a whip or lash.
Origin of flagellum
Examples from the Web for flagellum
Historical Examples of flagellum
Tim and his congeries hate the clerics, but they fear the flagellum.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Post-annellus: in Hymenoptera, the 4th joint of antenna and 2d of flagellum.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
In Trichoniscus the flagellum may have from seven to four (rarely three) joints.The British Woodlice
Wilfred Mark Webb
It was a curious sensation—that first stroke of the flagellum.The Lamp of Fate
The individuals are very small indeed, and it will take your best objective to show the flagellum.Through a Microscope
- biology a long whiplike outgrowth from a cell that acts as an organ of locomotion: occurs in some protozoans, gametes, spores, etc
- botany a long thin supple shoot or runner
- zoology the terminal whiplike part of an arthropod's appendage, esp of the antenna of many insects
Word Origin for flagellum
1852, in reference to microbes, from Latin flagellum "whip, scourge," diminutive of flagrum "whip," from PIE root *bhlag- "to strike."
- A threadlike appendage, especially a whiplike extension of certain cells or organisms that functions as an organ of locomotion.
- A slender whiplike part extending from some single-celled organisms, such as the dinoflagellates, that moves rapidly back and forth to impart movement to the organism.