Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small, loosely held mass or aggregate of fine particles, resembling a tuft of wool and suspended in or precipitated from a solution.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something resembling a small tuft of wool; specifically, in chem. and physics, a small compound particle formed from the union of still smaller particles by agitation in a liquid. See flocculation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A detached mass of loosely fibrous structure like a shredded tuft of wool.
  • noun (Chem.) Specif.: A small particle of an insoluble substance formed in a liquid by the union of smaller particles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small, loosely aggregated mass of material suspended in, or precipitated from a solution; a floc

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small loosely aggregated mass of flocculent material suspended in or precipitated from a liquid

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin flocculus, flocculus; see flocculus.]

Examples

  • By the end of the 19th century, a whole word family had been formed, including the adjective “flocculent,” the noun “floccule,” and the verb “flocculate.”

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  • By the end of the 19th century, a whole word family had been formed, including the adjective “flocculent,” the noun “floccule,” and the verb “flocculate.”

    flocculate | clusterflock

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