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Noun: flagellum (flagella,flagellums)  flu'je-lum
  1. A whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humour)
    - scourge
     
  2. A lash-like appendage used for locomotion (e.g., in sperm cells and some bacteria and protozoa)

Derived forms: flagella, flagellums

Type of: appendage, outgrowth, process, whip

Part of: eubacteria, eubacterium, sperm, sperm cell, spermatozoan, spermatozoon, true bacteria

Encyclopedia: Flagellum