virga

[ vur-guh ]
/ ˈvɜr gə /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)Meteorology.

streaks of water drops or ice particles falling out of a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground (distinguished from praecipitatio).

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Origin of virga

1935–40; <Latin: rod, streak
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British Dictionary definitions for virga

virga
/ (ˈvɜːɡə) /

noun

(sometimes functioning as plural) meteorol wisps of rain or snow, seen trailing from clouds, that evaporate before reaching the earth

Word Origin for virga

C20: from Latin: streak
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Scientific definitions for virga

virga
[ vûrgə ]

Light wisps of precipitation streaming from a cloud but evaporating before reaching the ground, especially when the air below is low in humidity.
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