floccus

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

floccus (plural flocci)

  1. (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


Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).[1]

Noun[edit]

floccus

  1. tuft, wisp of wool

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Szemerenyi, Scripta minora: selected essays in Indo-European, Greek, and Latin, Volume 2, p. 714