vexillum

Definitions:

  • A usually square banner hung from a crossbar on a staff, used as a military standard in ancient Rome.
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  • The weblike part of a feather; the vane.
  • In <em>Roman antiquity</em>: Strictly, the standard of a maniple; hence, any military standard, whatever its character, except the eagle of the legion.
  • The troops collected under a vexillum; a company; a troop; any body of soldiers serving under an ensign separate from that of the legion; hence, under the empire, the body of veteran soldiers connected with a legion who, having served sixteen years in the legion, were detached under a vexillum of their own, with special privileges, for their remaining four years of service. These vexilla averaged from 500 to 600 in strength.
  • <em>Eccles.</em>: A processional banner; also, a processional cross.
  • A kind of flag or pennon attached by a cord to the upper part of a bishop's pastoral Staff.
  • In <em>heraldry</em>, same as <internalXref urlencoded="banderole">banderole</internalXref>, .
  • In <em>botany</em>, the standard, or large posterior petal, of a papilionaceous flower. It is external, and wrapped around the others in the bud. Also <internalXref urlencoded="vexil">vexil</internalXref>. See cut under <internalXref urlencoded="papilionaceous">papilionaceous</internalXref>.
  • In <em>ornithology</em>, a pogonium. web, or vane of a feather; also, both webs together with the rachis upon which they are borne. Also called <internalXref urlencoded="standard">standard</internalXref>.
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  • A flag or standard.
  • A company of troops serving under one standard.
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  • A banner.
  • The sign of the cross.
  • The upper petal of a papilionaceous flower; the standard.
  • The rhachis and web of a feather taken together; the vane.
  • A <xref>flag</xref>, <xref>banner</xref>, or <xref>standard</xref>.
  • A <xref>company</xref> of <xref>troops</xref> serving under one standard.
  • The <xref>sign of the cross</xref>.
  • The <xref>upper</xref> <xref>petal</xref> of a <xref>papilionaceous</xref> <xref>flower</xref>.
  • The <xref>rhachis</xref> and <xref>web</xref> of a <xref>feather</xref> taken together; the <xref>vane</xref>.
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