from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a cloud species which consists of rounded tufts of cloud, often formed by dissipation from larger cloud species. Associated with cirrus, cirrocumulus, altocumulus, and stratocumulus genera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. The tuft of hair terminating the tail of mammals.
  • n. A tuft of feathers on the head of young birds.
  • n. A woolly filament sometimes occuring with the sporules of certain fungi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flock or tuft of wool or something resembling it.
  • n. Specifically In zoology: The long tuft of hair which terminates the tail in some quadrupeds.
  • n. In ornithology, the peculiar covering of newly hatched or unfledged birds; the generally downy plumage, of simple structure, growing at first from the skin.
  • n. In botany: A small tuft of woolly hairs.
  • n. plural In mycology, hyphæ or thread-like cells which compose the mycelium of a fungus, especially when they resemble fine wool.


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  • Black: the two basal joints of the flagellum, the apical margin of the clypeus, the labrum, mandibles, and legs ferruginous; the wings fulvo-hyaline, the nervures ferruginous, the tegulæ more or less rufo-testaceous; the sides of the metathorax with tufts of pale fulvous pubescence and the floccus on the posterior femora of the same colour, the tibiæ and tarsi with short ferruginous pubescence.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • Thorax: the sides of the metathorax, the floccus on the posterior femora and the postscutellum with whitish pubescence, the latter produced in the middle into a blunt tooth; the legs fusco-ferruginous, with the anterior tibiæ and apical joints of the tarsi brighter; wings hyaline and iridescent.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • Một bài học nhanh chóng Latin: flocci có nguồn gốc từ floccus, nghĩa là một búi lông cừu và nguồn gốc của từ tiếng Anh như làm thành từng cục, nhưng ẩn dụ trong một cái gì đó tầm thường; pili tương tự Latin là số nhiều của pilus, một sợi tóc, mà chúng tôi có được thừa kế trong các từ như thuốc làm rụng lông, nhưng mà trong tiếng Latin có thể có nghĩa là một whit, jot, trifle hoặc nói chung cái gì đó không đáng kể; nihili là từ nihil, không có gì, như trong các từ như thuyết hư vô và tiêu diệt; nauci chỉ có nghĩa là vô giá trị. nguồn »2005» tháng bảy

  • A quick Latin lesson: flocci is derived from floccus, literally a tuft of wool and the source of English words like flocculate, but figuratively in Latin something trivial; pili is likewise the plural of pilus, a hair, which we have inherited in words like depilatory, but which in Latin could meant a whit, jot, trifle or generally something insignificant; nihili is from nihil, nothing, as in words like nihilism and annihilate; nauci just means worthless. source » 2005 » July

  • Concerning "Flocci-nauci-what-d'ye-call-'em-ists," Canon Ainger has the following interesting note: "'Flocci, nauci' is the beginning of a rule in the old Latin grammars, containing a list of words signifying 'of no account,' _floccus_ being a lock of wool, and _naucus_ a trifle.

    The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb — Volume 5 The Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb


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