noun, plural flabella [fluh-bel-uh] .
a fan, especially one used in religious ceremonies.
a fan-shaped part.

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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flabellum (fləˈbɛləm)
n , pl -la
1.  a fan-shaped organ or part, such as the tip of the proboscis of a honeybee
2.  RC Church a large ceremonial fan
[C19: from Latin: small fan, from flābra breezes, from flāre to blow]

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