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n. pl. fla·bel·la (-bĕl′ə)
A fan-shaped anatomical structure.

[Latin flābellum, fan, diminutive of flābra, breeze, from flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -la (-lə)
1. (Zoology) a fan-shaped organ or part, such as the tip of the proboscis of a honeybee
2. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a large ceremonial fan
[C19: from Latin: small fan, from flābra breezes, from flāre to blow]


(fləˈbɛl əm)

n., pl. -bel•la (-ˈbɛl ə)
1. a fan, esp. one used in religious ceremonies.
2. Biol. a fan-shaped organ or part.
[1865–70; < Latin flābellum fan, diminutive of flābra breezes, derivative of flā(re) to blow2]
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The situation is similar in Estonian sections, where the zonal species occurs in the lower and Periodon flabellum in the upper part of the zone (Viira 1974; Viira et al.
8 times as long as wide, pubescence directed postero-laterally; postero-lateral margins almost straight; hind wings fully developed; flabellum with 10-11 setose lobes.
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