- in ancient Rome,
- a square flag, or standard, carried by troops
- a company of soldiers serving under one standard
- Bot. standard (noun)
- Zool. vane (sense )
Origin of vexillumL, a standard, flag, diminutive from base of velum: see veil
- A usually square banner hung from a crossbar on a staff, used as a military standard in ancient Rome.
- Botany See standard.
- Zoology The weblike part of a feather; the vane.
Origin of vexillumLatin banner vēlum sail
- A flag, banner, or standard.
- A company of troops serving under one standard.
- The sign of the cross.
- (botany) The upper petal of a papilionaceous flower.
- (zoology) The rhachis and web of a feather taken together; the vane.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Latin, a standard, a flag.