flocculate[fläk′yə lāt′; for n., -lət]
intransitive verbflocculated, flocculating
verbfloc·cu·lat·ed, floc·cu·lat·ing, floc·cu·lates
- To cause (individual particles of clay) to aggregate into clotlike masses or precipitate into small lumps.
- To cause (clouds) to form fluffy masses.
(third-person singular simple present flocculates, present participle flocculating, simple past and past participle flocculated)
- To collect together in a loose aggregation like flocks (tufts) of wool.
The verb can be used both transitively and intransitively, with the latter being more common in modern usage.
From Latin flocculus, diminutive of floccus, a flock (tuft).