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floc·cu·lus

 (flŏk′yə-ləs)
n. pl. floc·cu·li (-lī′)
1. A small fluffy mass or tuft.
2. Anatomy Either of two small lobes on the lower posterior border of the cerebellum.
3. Astronomy Any of various cloudlike or filamentary masses of luminous gas appearing as bright patches on the surface of the sun often surrounding sunspots.

[New Latin, diminutive of Latin floccus, tuft of wool.]

flocculus

(ˈflɒkjʊləs)
n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ)
1. (Astronomy) a marking on the sun's surface or in its atmosphere, as seen on a spectroheliogram. It consists of calcium when lighter than the surroundings and of hydrogen when darker
2. (Anatomy) anatomy a tiny ovoid prominence on each side of the cerebellum
3. (Chemistry) another word for floccule

floc•cu•lus

(ˈflɒk yə ləs)

n., pl. -li (-ˌlaɪ)
2. one of the bright or dark patches on the sun's surface.
[1790–1800]

flocculus

A cloudlike mass of gases appearing on the surface of the Sun.
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Pubescence: mainly rusty yellow to rusty brown (greyish yellow to whitish in worn specimens), paraocular region, ventral side of head, pleurae, femora and flocculus white, clypeus with very fine and short whitish hairs, vertex with intermixed black hairs, hairs of scutum, scutellum, postscutellum and propodeum bright rusty yellow in fresh specimens.
Down-beat nystagmus is usually due to bilateral dysfunction of the flocculus of the cerebellum.
Solar flares are sudden brightening of flocculus near an active sunspot group, becoming brilliant within a few minutes.