1. [ verb ] whip
Synonyms: scourge

"The religious fanatics flagellated themselves"

Related terms: flog scourge whipping flagellant flagellant
2. [ adjective ] having or resembling a flagellum or flagella
Synonyms: whiplike flagellated
Related terms: flagellum flagellum
3. [ noun ] (biology) usually nonphotosynthetic free-living protozoan with whiplike appendages; some pathogens of humans and other animals
Synonyms: flagellated_protozoan flagellate_protozoan mastigophore mastigophoran
Related terms: protozoan zoomastigote giardia hypermastigote polymastigote costia dinoflagellate trichomonad genus_leishmania Mastigophora
Similar spelling:   flagellated