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flagellum British & World English

A slender thread-like structure, especially a microscopic whip-like appendage which enables many protozoa, bacteria, spermatozoa, etc. to swim

flagellum New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

slender thread-like structure

Masticophis flagellum in coachwhip British & World English

A harmless fast-moving North American snake, whose scales form a pattern said to resemble a braided whip