Definition of vexillum in English:

vexillum

Line breaks: vex¦il|lum
Pronunciation: /vɛkˈsɪləm
 
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noun (plural vexilla /-lə/)

  • 1(In ancient Rome) a military standard or banner, especially one of a maniple.
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    • 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 under a vexillum.
  • 1.2A flag attached to a bishop’s staff.
  • 1.3A processional banner or cross.
  • 2 Botany The standard of a papilionaceous flower.
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    • During anthesis, the standard petal (vexillum) curves backward after the expansion of the wing petals.
  • 3 Ornithology The vane of a feather.

Origin

Latin, from vehere 'carry'.

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