from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A nebula; specifically, the Magellanic Clouds.
  • n. A slight spot on the cornea.
  • n. A cloudy object or appearance in urine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A nebula.
  • n. Specifically, the Magellanic clouds.
  • n.
  • n. A slight spot on the cornea.
  • n. A cloudy object or appearance in urine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In astronomy, one of two remarkable clusters of nebulæ in the southern hemisphere, Nubecula Major and Nubecula Minor, also known as the Magellanic clouds (which see, under Magellanic).
  • In pathology:
  • A speck or cloud in the eye.
  • A cloudy appearance in urine as it cools; cloudy matter suspended in urine.


Latin (Wiktionary)


  • An sit crux et nubecula in coelis ad Polum Antarcticum, quod ex Corsalio refert Patritius.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • In cases which come to a crisis on the seventh day, the urine has a red nubecula on the fourth day, and the other symptoms accordingly.


  • A rod-shaped phenomenon allied to a rainbow. ~os..generis eiusdem ad uirgae rigorem perlongum colorata nubecula dicitur, Apul.

    Archive 2006-06-01


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  • What a great word.

    March 10, 2011

  • specifically, the 1913 Webster

    March 10, 2011

  • "At dawn the passenger trains started running again, damp and cold, their windows foggy and whitish, like eyes covered in nubeculae."
    Witch Grass by Raymond Queneau, translated by Barbara Wright, p 222 of the NYRB paperback

    November 7, 2010