facula

noun
fac·u·la | \ˈfa-kyə-lə \
plural faculae\ˈfa-kyə-ˌlē, -ˌlī \

Definition of facula 

: any of the bright regions of the sun's photosphere seen most easily near the sun's edge

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Four of the seven newly named features lie in the Caloris basin, shown above, where faculae take names from African languages of the Somalian, Igbo (of southeastern Nigeria), Arabic, and Afrikaans. Nola Taylor Redd, Science | AAAS, "Mercury’s ‘snakes’ get formal names," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of facula

1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for facula

New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of fac-, fax torch

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The first known use of facula was in 1706

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