vexillum Meaning, Definition & Usage

Vex*il"lum noun
L., a standard, a flag.
plural Vexilla
  1. (Rom. Antiq.) (a) A flag or standard. (b) A company of troops serving under one standard.
  2. (Eccl.) (a) A banner. (b) The sign of the cross.
  3. (Bot.) The upper petal of a papilionaceous flower; the standard.
  4. (Zoöl.) The rhachis and web of a feather taken together; the vane.

Webster 1913