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floccus

[flok-uh s]
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noun, plural floc·ci [flok-sahy, -see] /ˈflɒk saɪ, -si/.
  1. a small tuft of woolly hairs.
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adjective
  1. Meteorology. (of a cloud) having elements in the form of small, rounded tufts.
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Origin of floccus

1835–45; < Latin: tuft of wool
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Historical Examples

  • A very curious little parasite, Echinobotryum atrum, occurs like minute nodules on the flocci of black moulds.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses

    Mordecai Cubitt Cooke


British Dictionary definitions for flocci

floccus

noun plural flocci (ˈflɒksaɪ)
  1. a downy or woolly covering, as on the young of certain birds
  2. a small woolly tuft of hair
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adjective
  1. (of a cloud) having the appearance of woolly tufts at odd intervals in its structure
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin: tuft of hair or wool, flock ²
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