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  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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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


  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


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