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Meaning of FLAGELLUM

Pronunciation:  flu'jelum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  long lash-like appendage used for locomotion (e.g., in sperm cells and some protozoa)
  2. [n]  a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)

FLAGELLUM is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: scourge
 See Also: appendage, eubacteria, eubacterium, outgrowth, process, sperm, sperm cell, spermatozoan, spermatozoon, true bacteria, whip



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fla*gel"lum\, n.; pl. E. {Flagellums}, L. {Flagella}.
[L., a whip. See {Flagellate}, v. t.]
1. (Bot.) A young, flexible shoot of a plant; esp., the long
   trailing branch of a vine, or a slender branch in certain

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

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A whip-like appendage found on sperm and some bacteria, fungi, and protozoans, which the cells use for locomotion. Composed of the protein flagellin.
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