flagellum

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From Latin flagellum (whip), diminutive of flagrum, from Proto-Indo-European *bhlag (to strike).

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flagellum (plural flagella or flagellums)

  1. (biology) In protists, a long, whiplike membrane-enclosed organelle used for locomotion or feeding.
  2. (biology) In bacteria, a long, whiplike proteinaceous appendage, used for locomotion.
  3. A whip

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From flagrum (scourge, whip).

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Noun[edit]

flagellum n (genitive flagellī); second declension

  1. whip, lash, scourge
  2. tentacle

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative flagellum flagella
genitive flagellī flagellōrum
dative flagellō flagellīs
accusative flagellum flagella
ablative flagellō flagellīs
vocative flagellum flagella

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