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Wisps of precipitation streaming from a cloud but evaporating before reaching the ground.

[Latin, twig, virga.]
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(Physical Geography) (sometimes functioning as plural) meteorol wisps of rain or snow, seen trailing from clouds, that evaporate before reaching the earth
[C20: from Latin: streak]
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(ˈvɜr gə)

n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
streaks of water drops or ice particles falling out of a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground.
[1935–40; < Latin: rod, streak]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.virga - light wispy precipitation that evaporates before it reaches the ground (especially when the lower air is low in humidity)virga - light wispy precipitation that evaporates before it reaches the ground (especially when the lower air is low in humidity)
downfall, precipitation - the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
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Beginning near 1200 UTC, breaks began occurring regularly in the liquid- and mixed-phase cloud deck near 6.0 km (note the diffuse ice virga streaks emanating below the denser, liquid-dominated cloud base in Fig.