- to form into flocculent masses.
- to form flocculent masses, as a cloud or a chemical precipitate; form aggregated or compound masses of particles.
Origin of flocculate
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- to form or be formed into an aggregated flocculent mass
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1877, from flocculus (1799, from Modern Latin diminutive of Latin floccus "flock of wool") + -ate. Related: Flocculated; flocculating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The process of becoming flocculent.
- Precipitation from solution in the form of fleecy masses.
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- The process by which individual particles of clay aggregate into clotlike masses or precipitate into small lumps. Flocculation occurs as a result of a chemical reaction between the clay particles and another substance, usually salt water.
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