floccus (plural flocci)
- (meteorology) a cloud species which consists of rounded tufts of cloud, often formed by dissipation from larger cloud species. Associated with cirrus, cirrocumulus, altocumulus, and stratocumulus genera.
Source AMS Glossary of Meteorology
Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *bhlokos-, related to Old High German blaha, Old Swedish blan bla, both from Proto-Germanic *blahwo (“tuft”), and Old Norse blæja, which is from Proto-Germanic *blahjon (“flock of wool”).
- ^ Szemerenyi, Scripta minora: selected essays in Indo-European, Greek, and Latin, Volume 2, p. 714