Meaning of flocculent in English:


Pronunciation /ˈflɒkjʊl(ə)nt/


  • 1Having or resembling tufts of wool.

    ‘the first snows of winter lay thick and flocculent’
    • ‘Personally, I find his style too flocculent for words.’
    • ‘She addressed only me in a silky and flocculent voice, biting her lip teasingly after her words.’
    • ‘The Englishman held a lofty finger in the air, and his flocculent hair blew upright in the sea breeze, giving him the look of an unfashionable popinjay.’
    • ‘Other galaxies have more chaotic, patchy arms that look like fleece on a sheep; these are called flocculent galaxies.’
    • ‘Angie would never forget flocculent brown hair that was easily messed up when the wind blew through it.’
    fleecy, woolly, fuzzy, shaggy, hairy, feathery, downy, furry, velvety, cushiony
    1. 1.1Having a loosely clumped texture.
      ‘a brown flocculent precipitate’
      • ‘During 1957, an orange flocculent precipitate containing metal sulphides appeared in the spring pool and became incorporated in the marginal sinter.’
      • ‘When the assay was performed manually, a fine white flocculent precipitate, but no change in color, was noted after both R1 and R2 reagents were added to serum for both the first and second patients.’
      • ‘After cooling, the flocculent precipitate was removed by centrifugation at 4 [degrees] C, 1,000 g for 10 min.’
      • ‘The littoral sediments of the experimental lakes are primarily flocculent organic material including abundant epipelon.’
      • ‘High l inear rates of sediment accumulation, and preservation of distinct sediment horizons in the flocculent surface muds, argue against significant influence of bioturbation on record resolution.’
      • ‘But first, the poor thing must endure violent convulsions: ‘In great heaving waves the old hero would vomit basinfuls of gruelly white flocculent matter, the color of soap in hard water.’’
      • ‘As expected, this group included heme-deficient mutants and flocculent isolates, which were disregarded.’
      • ‘The clear cells were larger than the oncocytic cells and had abundant clear cytoplasm that was not water clear but exhibited lightly eosinophilic flocculent or reticulated strands.’
      • ‘The spectacle of the female medium in pain - a body often tied down, exposed in various stages of undress, or both - threatens to overshadow the curious display of flocculent ectoplasmic oozings and their iconographic content.’
      • ‘Additionally, samples from the flocculent layer and from a semipurified bacterial mat were incubated under controlled oxygen conditions to determine production.’
      • ‘The downstream section was 50 to 60 m wide, straight, and substratum consisted of flocculent mud, 20 to 100 cm deep.’
      • ‘Consider the flocculent muscle of the cumulus.’
      • ‘Secretory cells either contain many small vacuoles or a single larger vacuole with flocculent contents and numerous vesicles.’
      • ‘Moreover, in flocculent strains it is difficult to distinguish between two adherent cells and a cell with a large bud.’
      • ‘Note the accumulation of flocculent material and vesicles between the cytoplasm and cell wall and also the osmiophilic margin of the viscid secretion.’
      • ‘Electron microscopy showed membrane-bound vacuoles that contained reticulogranular and flocculent material, dense bodies, lamellar inclusions, and lipofuscin.’
      fleecy, shaggy, hairy, fluffy


Early 19th century from Latin floccus ‘tuft of wool’ + -ulent.