Origin of flocculent
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The oil of winter-green was in a flocculent state at 56 degrees, and solid at 63 degrees.The Ocean and its Wonders
The particles of this pigment are flocculent and very uniform in appearance.Paint Technology and Tests
Henry A. Gardner
They are very flexible, and easily reducible into a flocculent mass.
It is further stated that the "right pleura was coated with flocculent lymph, and the cavity contained serous fluid," etc.
A white, flocculent precipitate results, which rapidly condenses to a crystalline powder, and turns blue on ignition.Field's Chromatography
- like wool; fleecy
- chem aggregated in woolly cloudlike massesa flocculent precipitate
- biology covered with tufts or flakes of a waxy or wool-like substance
Word Origin and History for flocculent
"resembling wool," 1800, from Latin floccus "lock of hair, flock of wool" + -ulent. Related: Floculence.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having a fluffy or wooly appearance.
- Containing numerous shreds or fluffy particles of grayish or white mucus or other material. Used of a fluid such as urine.
- Of or being a fluid bacterial culture in which there are numerous colonies either floating in the fluid medium or loosely deposited at the bottom.
- Having a soft waxy or wool-like covering, as of certain insects.
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