from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fan-shaped anatomical structure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large fan used for religious ceremonies.
- n. Any fan-shaped structure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fan; especially, the fan carried before the pope on state occasions, made in ostrich and peacock feathers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fan, used in the Greek and Armenian churches to drive away insects from the bread and wine during the celebration of the eucharist. Its ordinary use in the Roman Catholic Church ceased as early as the fourteenth century, but survives in the large fans, still known as flabella, carried by the attendants of the pope in processions on certain festivals. Also called flabrum.
- n. In Crustacea, same as epipodite.
- n. In Actinozoa, a genus of aporose madreporarian corals, of the family Turbinoliidæ.
- n. In ichthyology, specifically, same as serrula.
H. monile, Rhipocephalus phoenix, and Udotea flabellum.
She flicked open a flabellum made from the stiff white feathers of an extinct peacock and began to fan herself as the Raptor stopped pacing and finally spoke.
Ivory handles were usual for the fly-fan, or flabellum, used at the altar, to keep flies and other insects away from the Elements.
The richest and most beautiful specimen is the flabellum of the thirteenth century in the Abbey of Kremsmünster in Upper Austria.
Apart from the foregoing liturgical uses, a flabellum, in the shape of a fan, later of an umbrella or canopy, was used as a mark of honour for bishops and princes.
The flabellum, in liturgical use, is a fan made of leather, silk, parchment, or feathers intended to keep away insects from the Sacred
Among the ornaments found belonging to the church of St. Riquier, in Ponthieu (813), there is a silver flabellum
Lisle, another flabellum of silver is noted in the will of Everard
The circular disc is also found in the Slavic flabellum of the thirteenth century, preserved at
France, possessed an old flabellum, which had an ivory handle two feet long, and was beautifully carved; the two sides of the ivory circular disc were engraved with fourteen figures of saints.