vexillum

[vek-sil-uhm]
noun, plural vexilla [vek-sil-uh] .
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] . Botany. the large upper petal of a papilionaceous flower. See diag. under papilionaceous.
5.
Ornithology Rare. the web or vane of a feather.

Origin:
1720–30; < Latin: standard, flag, diminutive from the base of vēlum sail (see veil)

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vexillum (vɛkˈsɪləm)
 
n , pl -la
1.  ornithol the vane of a feather
2.  botany another name for standard
 
[C18: from Latin: banner, perhaps from vēlum sail]
 
'vexillary
 
adj
 
vex'illar
 
adj
 
'vexillate
 
adj

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He sits enthroned on a ducal seal and hands over his vexillum to the standing doge.
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