Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Word of the Week (3)

Word of the Week


Definition: To form lumps or masses. 2. To form fluffy masses.
Origins:  Latin, flocculus (a tuft of wool) -ate (suffix)
Sample Sentence: The light, wispy clouds flocculated into a thick white blanket.
German equivalent: ausflocken

I found this word in a novel, The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson (review coming soon). It was used to describe a home-made yogurt that was "gently flocculating." I had no idea what this word meant (and neither did my older brother, who knows a lot) so we had to look it up and then share it with you!

                                    Lieder Madchen

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