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vexillum

Syllabification: vex·il·lum
Pronunciation: /vekˈsiləm
 
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Definition of vexillum in English:

noun (plural vexilla /vekˈsilə/)

1A Roman military standard or banner, especially one of a maniple.
[Latin, from vehere 'carry']
Example sentences
  • In 1855 (during the reign of King Rama IV; Mongkut) the white chakra was dropped and thus the vexillum was a red field with a white elephant in the centre.
  • Only one example of vexilla has ever been found - the 3rd century example from Egypt.
  • Many examples of the vexillum are represented in illuminated manuscripts.
1.1A body of troops serving under one standard.
2 Botany The standard of a papilionaceous flower.
Example sentences
  • During anthesis, the standard petal (vexillum) curves backward after the expansion of the wing petals.
3 Ornithology The vane of a feather.

Words that rhyme with vexillum

aspergillum, chillum, film

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