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Monday, December 18, 2017
Definitions for flocculent
  1. like a clump or tuft of wool.
  2. covered with a soft, woolly substance.
  3. consisting of or containing loose woolly masses.

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Citations for flocculent
The night was overcast, and through the flocculent grey of the heaped clouds there filtered a faint half-light of dawn. H. G. Wells, "The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham," The Idler, Volume IX, February to July, 1896
A September night, with the stars shining, and the plane-trees in the Square floating like flocculent dark clouds across the brilliant firmament of the Imperial Hotel. Warwick Deeping, Roper's Row, 1929
Origin of flocculent
1790-1800
There is no Latin adjective flocculentus, but the English adjective flocculent is formed from Latin elements: the noun floccus “tuft of wool” (of unknown etymology) and, by extension, “something insignificant,” and the adjective suffix -ulentus “full of, abundant in.” Latin floccus is the source of English flock (tuft of wool or cloth), flocking (fine, powdered wool or cloth for decorating wallpaper), and flocked (e.g., wallpaper). Flocculent entered English at the end of the 18th century.
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