noun (plural flagella; also -lums) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, whip, shoot of a plant Date: 1852 any of various elongated filiform appendages of plants or animals: as a. the slender distal part of an antenna b. a long tapering process that projects singly or in groups from a cell and is the primary organ of motion of many microorganisms

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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