[ 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).

Nearby words

  1. vireo,
  2. vires,
  3. virescence,
  4. virescent,
  5. virg.,
  6. virgate,
  7. virgil,
  8. virgilian,
  9. virgin,
  10. virgin birth

Origin of virga

1935–40; < Latin: rod, streak Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for virga


/ (ˈvɜːɡə) /


(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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Science definitions for 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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