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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


  1. 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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floccose in Medicine


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