verb transitiveWord forms: ˈflagelˌlated or ˈflagelˌlating
having a flagellum or flagella
: also ˈflagelˌlated
shaped like a flagellum
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Word origin of 'flagellate'< L flagellatus, pp. of flagellare, to whip, scourge < flagellum, a whip, dim. of flagrum < IE base *bhlaĝ-, to beat > ON bluk, a slap