Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To whip or flog; scourge.
  • transitive verb To reproach or punish severely.
  • adjective Having a flagellum or flagella.
  • adjective Resembling or having the form of a flagellum; whiplike.
  • adjective Relating to or caused by a flagellate organism.
  • noun An organism, such as a euglena, that has one or more flagella.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete perversion of flageolet.
  • In biol, furnished with flagella, or slender whip-like processes; flagelliferous: as, a flagellate infusorian (in this use technically opposed to ciliate).
  • Like a whip-lash; flagelliform: as, a flagellate process.
  • In botany, producing filiform runners or runner-like branches.
  • To whip; scourge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Flagelliform.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Flagellata.
  • adjective Having a flagellum or flagella.
  • transitive verb To whip; to scourge; to flog.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To whip or scourge.
  • adjective Resembling a whip.
  • adjective biology Having flagella.
  • noun biology Any organism that has flagella.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb whip
  • noun a usually nonphotosynthetic free-living protozoan with whiplike appendages; some are pathogens of humans and other animals
  • adjective having or resembling a lash or whip (as does a flagellum)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin flagellāre, flagellāt-, to whip, from flagellum, diminutive of flagrum, whip.]

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Latin flagellum ("whip")

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