floccose

[flok-ohs]

adjective

Botany. consisting of or bearing woolly tufts or long soft hairs.

Nearby words

  1. floaty,
  2. flob,
  3. floc,
  4. floccillation,
  5. floccinaucinihilipilification,
  6. flocculant,
  7. floccular,
  8. flocculate,
  9. flocculation,
  10. flocculation reaction

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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British Dictionary definitions for floccose

floccose

adjective

consisting of or covered with woolly tufts or hairsfloccose growths of bacteria

Word Origin for floccose

C18: from Latin floccōsus full of flocks of wool

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Medicine definitions for floccose

floccose

[flŏkōs]

adj.

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

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