flocculus

flocculus

[flok-yuh-luhs]
noun, plural flocculi [flok-yuh-lahy] .
2.
Astronomy. one of the bright or dark patches on the sun's surface, visible in a spectroheliogram.

Origin:
1790–1800; < Neo-Latin; see floccule

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floccule, flocculus, flock or floc (ˈflɒkjuːl)
 
n
1.  a small aggregate of flocculent material
2.  something resembling a tuft of wool
 
[C19: from Late Latin flocculus a little tuft; see flock²]
 
flocculus, flocculus, flock or floc
 
n
 
[C19: from Late Latin flocculus a little tuft; see flock²]
 
flock, flocculus, flock or floc
 
n
 
[C19: from Late Latin flocculus a little tuft; see flock²]
 
floc, flocculus, flock or floc
 
n
 
[C19: from Late Latin flocculus a little tuft; see flock²]

flocculus (ˈflɒkjʊləs)
 
n , pl -li
1.  a marking on the sun's surface or in its atmosphere, as seen on a spectroheliogram. It consists of calcium when lighter than the surroundings and of hydrogen when darker
2.  anatomy a tiny ovoid prominence on each side of the cerebellum
3.  another word for floccule

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flocculus floc·cu·lus (flŏk'yə-ləs)
n. pl. floc·cu·li (-lī')

  1. A small fluffy mass or tuft.

  2. Either of a pair of small lobes on the posterior border of the cerebellum, forming part of the vestibular part of the cerebellum.

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