fac·​u·​la | \ ˈfa-kyə-lə How to pronounce facula (audio) \
plural faculae\ ˈfa-​kyə-​ˌlē How to pronounce faculae (audio) , -​ˌlī \

Definition of facula

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

Examples of facula in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Facula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facula. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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