Definition of virga in English:

virga

noun

Meteorology
  • A mass of streaks of rain appearing to hang under a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground.

    • ‘I took one more thermal near Cross Mountain to 16,000 ft and glided to Maybell where I decided to land due to numerous areas of virga and lightning.’
    • ‘We can see virga coming out of some of the clouds.’
    • ‘As benign and pastoral as this scene might appear, areas of virga can produce 65-knot columns of downward tumbling air mass.’
    • ‘I kept a wary eye on both for fifteen to twenty minutes while climbing in the last couple thermals and observed that the virga never extended its range closer to the ground.’

Origin

1940s: from Latin, literally ‘rod, stripe’.

Pronunciation

virga

/ˈvərɡə/