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Feb 27, 2007
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misology
virga
incunabulum
omphaloskepsis
paraph

Virga, a painting
Virga, a painting

Virga: photos

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virga

(VUHR-guh) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun: Rain or snow that evaporates before hitting the ground.

From Latin virga (rod, streak).

"Macduff [Everton]'s images are so physical and tactile, you can nearly feel the moisture in the virga."
Len Jenshel; 25 All-Time Best Photo Books; National Geographic Traveler (Washington, DC); Jan/Feb 2005.

See more usage examples of virga in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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