fla·​bel·​lum | \ fləˈbeləm \
plural flabella\ -​elə \

Definition of flabellum

1 : a ceremonial fan:
a : a fan used in religious ceremonies
b : a fan displayed on state occasions among the appurtenances of certain dignitaries (as a pope or formerly a bishop or royal personage)
2 [New Latin, from Latin] : a body organ or part that resembles a fan: such as
a : the epipodite of certain limbs of crustaceans
b : the proximal exite of the limb of a branchiopod

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History and Etymology for flabellum

Late Latin, from Latin, fan, diminutive of flabrum breeze, from flare to blow

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“Flabellum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flabellum. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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