noun (plural vexilla /vekˈsilə/)
1A Roman military standard or banner, especially one of a maniple.
Latin, from vehere 'carry'
- 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.
2 Botany The standard of a papilionaceous flower.
- During anthesis, the standard petal (vexillum) curves backward after the expansion of the wing petals.
Words that rhyme with vexillumaspergillum, chillum, film
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