[ vek-sil-uhm ]
/ vɛkˈsɪl əm /
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noun, plural vex·il·la [vek-sil-uh]. /vɛkˈsɪl ə/.
a military standard or flag carried by ancient Roman troops.
a group of men serving under such a standard.
Also vex·il [vek-sil]. /ˈvɛk sɪl/. Botany. the large upper petal of a papilionaceous flower.
Ornithology Rare. the web or vane of a feather.
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Origin of vexillum
1720–30; <Latin: standard, flag, diminutive from the base of vēlum sail (see veil)
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British Dictionary definitions for vexillum
/ (vɛkˈsɪləm) /
noun plural -la (-lə)
ornithol the vane of a feather
botany another name for standard (def. 16)
Derived forms of vexillumvexillary or vexillar, adjectivevexillate, adjective
Word Origin for vexillum
C18: from Latin: banner, perhaps from vēlum sail
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