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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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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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|Noun||1.||virga - light wispy precipitation that evaporates before it reaches the ground (especially when the lower air is low in humidity)|
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