from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small fluffy mass or tuft.
- n. Anatomy Either of two small lobes on the lower posterior border of the cerebellum.
- n. Astronomy Any of various cloudlike masses of gases appearing as bright or dark patches on the surface of the sun.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small fluffy tuft
- n. Either of two small lobes on the posterior border of the cerebellum
- n. A marking on the surface of the sun associated with a solar prominence
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small lobe in the under surface of the cerebellum, near the middle peduncle; the subpeduncular lobe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small flock of wool or something resembling it; a small tuft; a shred; a flake.
- n. Specifically In anatomy, a tuft-like lobe of the cerebellar hemisphere on either side behind and below the middle peduncle of the cerebellum. The nodulus connects the two flocculi. Also called sub-peduncular lobe and pneumogastric lobule.
- n. In entomology, a small bunch of fine curved hairs; particularly, a bunch of stiff hairs found on the posterior coxæ of certain hymenopterous insects.
- n. In chem. and physics, a small aggregation of particles formed by the agitation of a liquid containing them.
- n. in astronomy, a name given by Hale to cloudy wisps, bright or dark, with which the sun's surface appears to be covered when photographed with the spectroheliograph by the light of some special wave-length, as, for instance, through a line in the spectrum due to some special element such as calcium, hydrogen, or iron.
New Latin, diminutive of Latin floccus, tuft of wool.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)