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floccose

[ flok-ohs ]
/ ˈflɒk oʊs /
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adjective
Botany. consisting of or bearing woolly tufts or long soft hairs.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for floccose

floccose
/ (ˈflɒkəʊs) /

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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Medical 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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