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[vur-guh] /ˈvɜr gə/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Meteorology
streaks of water drops or ice particles falling out of a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground (distinguished from praecipitatio).
1935-40; < Latin: rod, streak Unabridged
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Examples from the web for virga
  • They themselves sometimes produce virga, which is rain or snow that does not reach the ground.
  • For example, a narrow band of virga may appear similar to a high funnel cloud.
  • Rain or virga will tend to cool the air as it falls through it.
  • On this day, there were a few bands of weak reflectivity with virga and some light rain.
British Dictionary definitions for virga


(sometimes functioning as pl) (meteorol) wisps of rain or snow, seen trailing from clouds, that evaporate before reaching the earth
Word Origin
C20: from Latin: streak
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virga in Science
Light wisps of precipitation streaming from a cloud but evaporating before reaching the ground, especially when the air below is low in humidity.
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