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[vek-sil-uh m] /vɛkˈsɪl əm/
noun, plural vexilla
[vek-sil-uh] /vɛkˈsɪl ə/ (Show IPA)
a military standard or flag carried by ancient Roman troops.
a group of men serving under such a standard.
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Also, vexil
[vek-sil] /ˈvɛk sɪl/ (Show IPA)
. Botany. the large upper petal of a papilionaceous flower.
Ornithology Rare. the web or vane of a feather.
Origin of vexillum
1720-30; < Latin: standard, flag, diminutive from the base of vēlum sail (see veil) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for vexillum
Historical Examples
  • Some writers apply this name (inaccurately) to flags of vexillum form, with or without tails at the base.

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • vexillum we know, and vexillarius, but vexillarium goes beyond my Latin.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • vexillum oblongum, a pistillo staminibusque deorsum reflexum.

  • From the ends of this cross-piece, whether it held a vexillum or not, hung ribbons with silver ivy leaves at the ends.

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • The labarum, which was the imperial standard of later emperors, resembled in shape and fixing the vexillum.

  • Evidently these flags were symbols of authority, as we have seen the vexillum to have been centuries before.

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • Robert the Monk: vexillum admiravissi quod standarum vocant.

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • vexillum balzanum, so named from "balzan," a piebald horse; the word was subsequently corrupted to "beauseant."

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • Malmesbury follows him: "vexillum—quod erat in hominis pugnantis figura, auro et lapidibus arte sumptuosa contextum."

  • vexillum explanatum, callo baseos laminae in unguem decurrenti.

British Dictionary definitions for vexillum


noun (pl) -la (-lə)
(ornithol) the vane of a feather
(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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