floccus

[ flok-uh s ]
/ ˈflɒk əs /

noun, plural floc·ci [flok-sahy, -see] /ˈflɒk saɪ, -si/.

a small tuft of woolly hairs.

adjective

Meteorology. (of a cloud) having elements in the form of small, rounded tufts.

Nearby words

  1. flocculent,
  2. flocculent precipitate,
  3. flocculently,
  4. flocculi,
  5. flocculus,
  6. flock,
  7. flock dot,
  8. flock paper,
  9. flockbed,
  10. flocking

Origin of floccus

1835–45; < Latin: tuft of wool

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British Dictionary definitions for flocci

floccus

/ (ˈflɒkəs) /

noun plural flocci (ˈflɒksaɪ)

a downy or woolly covering, as on the young of certain birds
a small woolly tuft of hair

adjective

(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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