Flagellum

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Flagellum \Fla*gel"lum\, noun; pl. E. {Flagellums}, L. {Flagella}. [L., a whip. See {Flagellate}, verb (used with an object)]

1. (Bot.) A young, flexible shoot of a plant; esp., the long trailing branch of a vine, or a slender branch in certain mosses.

2. (Zool.) (a) A long, whiplike cilium. See {Flagellata}. (b) An appendage of the reproductive apparatus of the snail. (c) A lashlike appendage of a crustacean, esp. the terminal ortion of the antenn[ae] and the epipodite of the maxilipeds. See {Maxilliped}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

flagellum

noun

1: a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor) [syn: {scourge}, {flagellum}]

2: a lash-like appendage used for locomotion (e.g., in sperm cells and some bacteria and protozoa)


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