Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A slender threadlike structure, especially a microscopic whiplike appendage that enables many protozoa, bacteria, spermatozoa, etc., to swim.
sprout, offshoot, scion, sucker, bud, spear, runner, tendril, sprig, cuttingView synonyms
- ‘A third group of bacteria has many flagella surrounding the cell.’
- ‘Development of the spermatid flagellum begins immediately after meiosis.’
- ‘This study was designed to learn how well the flagella of groups of bacteria might move fluid in a microscopic environment.’
- ‘Cilia and flagella are hairlike organelles extending from the cell surface.’
- ‘The single flagellum provides the bacteria with mobility and kinetic activity.’
Early 19th century (denoting a whip or scourge): from Latin, diminutive of flagrum ‘scourge’.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.