Definitions for: Flagellum

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: scourge

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

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