floccus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin floccus.

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.[1]

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlok-, 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).[2]

Noun[edit]

floccus m (genitive floccī); second declension

  1. tuft, wisp of wool

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative floccus floccī
genitive floccī floccōrum
dative floccō floccīs
accusative floccum floccōs
ablative floccō floccīs
vocative flocce floccī

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References[edit]

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