fac·​u·​la ˈfa-kyə-lə How to pronounce facula (audio)
plural faculae ˈfa-kyə-ˌlē How to pronounce facula (audio)
: 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, 9 Apr. 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of facula was in 1706

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“Facula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facula. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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