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floccose

[flok-ohs]
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adjective
  1. Botany. consisting of or bearing woolly tufts or long soft hairs.
  2. flocculent.
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Origin of floccose

First recorded in 1745–55, floccose is from the Late Latin word floccōsus full of tufts of wool. See floccus, -ose1
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Related Words

flocculentfluffyhairyhirsuteshaggysoftpilosefloccoselanosepileouswhiskered

Examples from the Web for floccose

Historical Examples

  • It is quite large in size, white or whitish, very woolly or floccose.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • The stem is slender, nearly equal, floccose, bulbous at the base.

  • It has a big, ragged, floccose ring, and the pithy stem is inclined to be hollow.

    Mushroom Culture

    W. Robinson

  • Name from , a lock of wool, in allusion to the floccose down.

  • Floccose, composed of or bearing tufts of woolly or long and soft hairs.


British Dictionary definitions for floccose

floccose

adjective
  1. consisting of or covered with woolly tufts or hairsfloccose growths of bacteria
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin floccōsus full of flocks of wool
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floccose in Medicine

floccose

(flŏkōs)
adj.
  1. Growing in short curving filaments or chains, closely but irregularly disposed. Used of certain bacteria.
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