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flocculate

[flok-yuh-leyt]
verb (used with object), floc·cu·lat·ed, floc·cu·lat·ing.
  1. to form into flocculent masses.
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verb (used without object), floc·cu·lat·ed, floc·cu·lat·ing.
  1. to form flocculent masses, as a cloud or a chemical precipitate; form aggregated or compound masses of particles.
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Origin of flocculate

First recorded in 1820–30; floccul(us) + -ate1
Related formsfloc·cu·la·ble [flok-yuh-luh-buh l] /ˈflɒk yə lə bəl/, adjectivefloc·cu·la·tion, nounfloc·cu·la·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flocculator

flocculate

verb
  1. to form or be formed into an aggregated flocculent mass
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Derived Formsflocculation, noun
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Word Origin and History for flocculator

flocculate

v.

1877, from flocculus (1799, from Modern Latin diminutive of Latin floccus "flock of wool") + -ate. Related: Flocculated; flocculating.

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