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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of flabellum.

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  • There is, for instance, no line of papal courtiers waving huge ostrich feather fans (called "flabella"), as before Vatican II.

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  • In 1635 John Cotton, one of the principal ministers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, declared that the new land should forbid “[l]ascivious dancing to wanton ditties, and amorous gestures and wanton dalliances . . . [which] I would bear witness against as a great flabella Libidinis [fanning of sexual desire].”

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  • Then it also incorparated items such as the flabella, the prudence of which to suddenly reinstate would be questionable given that even such small things could promote a backlash also among ordinary Catholics who will be put off by what they would consider excessive pomp and which would be true by today's standards.

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  • In a short time, drew near about ten couples, when, at length, were heard the gentle strains of music, and couple by couple advanced with banners, dragons, with fans made with phoenix feathers, and palace flabella of pheasant plumes; and those besides who carried gold-washed censers burning imperial incense.

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  • -- Ed. [146] Scimus quam lubricus sit lapsus, dum aliunde nobis flabella suscitat Satan: quia videmur culpa exempti, si ejus partem sustinet qui nos ad flagitium inducit.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • * Scimus quam lubricus sit lapsus, dum aliunde nobis flabella suscitat Satan: quia videmur culpa exempti, si ejus partem sustinet qui nos ad flagitium inducit: [801] 1

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  • Sometimes their attendants screened them from the sun by holding up a shield (as is still done in Southern Africa), or by some other contrivance; but the chariot of the king or of a princess, was often furnished with a large parasol; and the flabella borne behind the king, which belonged exclusively to royalty, answered the same purpose.

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  • The pope, wearing the falda, amice, alb, cincture, pectoral cross, stola, cope (mantum), and tiara is carried into the basilica on the sedia gestatoria under the canopy and with the two flabella borne on either side.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Two large fans (flabella) made of white feathers -- a relic of the ancient liturgical use of the flabellum, mentioned in the "Constitutiones Apostolicae", VIII, 12 -- are carried at the sides of the Sedia Gestatoria.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

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