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flagellate1

Syllabification: flag·el·late
Pronunciation: /ˈflajəˌlāt
 
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verb

[with object]
Flog (someone), either as a religious discipline or for sexual gratification: he flagellated himself with branches
More example sentences
  • She was often biting and hitting Crystal; she was handcuffing her and flagellating her to the point of bleeding.
  • Constantly flagellating him, or yourself, is not going to create the relationship of love you want to be in.
  • Blood flows freely as Jesus Christ is flagellated by Roman soldiers and the scenes of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ are, indeed, not pleasant viewing.
Synonyms
flog, whip, beat, scourge, lash, birch, strap, belt, cane, thrash, horsewhip, tan/whip someone's hide

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin flagellat- 'whipped', from flagellare.

Derivatives

flagellator

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌlātər/
noun
Example sentences
  • It is true that the Roman flagellators are portrayed as viciously sadistic.

flagellatory

2
Pronunciation: /fləˈjeləˌtôrē/
adjective
Example sentences
  • By his own account it was his early experience of Catholicism which gave his work its self-flagellatory, sadomasochistic edge.

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flagellate2

Syllabification: flag·el·late
Pronunciation: /ˈflajələt, -ˌlāt
 
 
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Zoology

noun

A protozoan that has one or more flagella used for swimming.
Example sentences
  • In addition to the protozoan in Figure 1.6, several other types were found, including amoebae, other flagellates and ciliates.
  • This amoeba is surrounded by fungi like the other protozoa examined, but the separation between the amoeba's cell membrane and the fungi is much narrower than with flagellates and ciliates.
  • About 100 additional tubes developed greenish precipitates which, after inspection under the light microscope, turned out to be bacteria, dinoflagellates, diatoms, or green flagellates.

adjective

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(Of a cell or single-celled organism) bearing one or more flagella: motile flagellate cells
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  • This type of screen is biased toward reversion events that result in a high percentage of flagellate cells.
  • Only one study has examined the importance of sperm length for sperm competition success in a species with more typical flagellate sperm.
  • On the basis of this information it has been proposed that the earliest metazoans were probably wormlike organisms, similar to the larvae of modern cnidarians and developed from flagellate protists.

Origin

mid 19th century: from flagellum + -ate2.

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