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vexillum

[vek-sil-uh m] /vɛkˈsɪl əm/
noun, plural vexilla
[vek-sil-uh] /vɛkˈsɪl ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a military standard or flag carried by ancient Roman troops.
2.
a group of men serving under such a standard.
3.
video frequency.
4.
Also, vexil
[vek-sil] /ˈvɛk sɪl/ (Show IPA)
. Botany. the large upper petal of a papilionaceous flower.
5.
Ornithology Rare. the web or vane of a feather.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin: standard, flag, diminutive from the base of vēlum sail (see veil)
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British Dictionary definitions for vexilla

vexillum

/vɛkˈsɪləm/
noun (pl) -la (-lə)
1.
(ornithol) the vane of a feather
2.
(botany) another name for standard (sense 16)
Derived Forms
vexillary, vexillar, adjective
vexillate, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: banner, perhaps from vēlum sail
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