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flabellum

[fluh-bel-uh m] /fləˈbɛl əm/
noun, plural flabella
[fluh-bel-uh] /fləˈbɛl ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a fan, especially one used in religious ceremonies.
2.
a fan-shaped part.
Origin
1865-1870
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/
noun (pl) -la (-lə)
1.
a fan-shaped organ or part, such as the tip of the proboscis of a honeybee
2.
(RC Church) a large ceremonial fan
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: small fan, from flābra breezes, from flāre to blow
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