flocculency

flocculent

[flok-yuh-luhnt]
adjective
1.
like a clump or tuft of wool.
2.
covered with a soft, woolly substance.
3.
consisting of or containing loose woolly masses.
5.
Chemistry. consisting of flocs and floccules.

Origin:
1790–1800; flocc(us) + -ulent

flocculence, flocculency, noun
flocculently, adverb
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flocculent (ˈflɒkjʊlənt)
 
adj
1.  like wool; fleecy
2.  chem aggregated in woolly cloudlike masses: a flocculent precipitate
3.  biology covered with tufts or flakes of a waxy or wool-like substance
 
'flocculence
 
n
 
'flocculency
 
n
 
'flocculently
 
adv

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flocculent
1800, from L. floccus "flock of wool" + -ulent.
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flocculent floc·cu·lent (flŏk'yə-lənt)
adj.

  1. Having a fluffy or wooly appearance.

  2. Containing numerous shreds or fluffy particles of grayish or white mucus or other material. Used of a fluid such as urine.

  3. Of or being a fluid bacterial culture in which there are numerous colonies either floating in the fluid medium or loosely deposited at the bottom.

  4. Having a soft waxy or wool-like covering, as of certain insects.


floc'cu·lence n.
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