- a small tuft of woolly hairs.
- Meteorology. (of a cloud) having elements in the form of small, rounded tufts.
Origin of floccus
1835–45; < Latin: tuft of wool
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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
- a downy or woolly covering, as on the young of certain birds
- a small woolly tuft of hair
- (of a cloud) having the appearance of woolly tufts at odd intervals in its structure
Word Origin for floccus
C19: from Latin: tuft of hair or wool, flock ²
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