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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Definitions for vexillology

  1. the study of flags.

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Citations for vexillology
Our kid, sprawled on the floor with an old encyclopedia, just like I'd done, but our kid wouldn't be alone, I'd be sprawled next to him. Aiding him in his budding vexillology, which sounds less like a study of flags than a study in annoyance, which would have suited my father's attitude toward me. Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl, 2012
As long as I was at it, I took a look at one of those huge one-volume encyclopedias for the article about flags. I learned that the study of flags is called vexillology; that the usual proportions for a flag are ten by nineteen; and that the "stars and stripes" are more properly called "mullets and barrulets." William L. DeAndrea, Killed on the Ice, 1984
Origin of vexillology
Vexillology comes from the Latin word for "flag," vexillum. It entered English in the mid-1900s.