albo-, alb-, -albify; albus

(Latin: white; pale)

This unit is directly related to the albumino- unit.

alb (s) (noun), albs (pl)
A tunic or vestment of white cloth reaching to the feet: An alb envelops the entire person and is a variety of the surplice, but with close sleeves.

An alb is worn by clerics in religious ceremonies, and by some consecrated kings.

alba (s) (noun), albas (pl)
1. White nerve tissue: In medical school, Judy learned that alba pertained to white fibrous matter in the body, as compared to the gray or cellular material.
2. A shrub with white flowers of the crossbreed Rosa × alba: Joe wanted to have an alba in his garden which produced lovely white blossoms.
albatross (s) (noun), albatrosses (pl)
1. A large long-winged seabird: An albatross habits cool southern oceans and spends most of its life in flight.
2. A burden from which someone cannot flee: After spending more money that he had, Jack felt as if he had an albatross around his neck because of the very large debt he had to pay back to the bank and from which he could not escape!
albedo (s) (noun), albedos; albedoes (pl)
The fraction of incident light that is reflected by an object: An albedo occurs when the Earth or another planet reflects the sun's light.
albeduria (s) (noun) (no pl)
The passing of pale or white urine of low specific gravity; albinuria: When Albert went to see his doctor regarding a urine complain, he was informed that he had a case of albeduria due to a digestive fluid containing fatty droplets, as in chyluria.
albeluvisol (s) (noun), albeluvisols (pl)
1. A soil which is characterized by a subsurface layer of brownish clay: Albeluvisols includes "tongues" of bleached material projecting from an overlying layer extensively leached of clay and iron oxides.

Albeluvisols form in cold climates on relatively flat terrain which supports boreal landscapes, taiga, or coniferous or mixed forest.

High acidity, low plant-nutrient content, and fragile aggregate structures are common to these soils.

These adverse climatic and chemical conditions, combined with the impeding clay layer, prevent agricultural use, except in areas where the growing season is sufficient to allow grazing, cold-hardy grains, or acid-tolerant root crops.

Occupying 2.5 percent of the total land area on the planet Earth, albeluvisols are concentrated in a belt from Poland to Siberia in Eurasia and from Baffin Bay westward in Canada.

As their subsurface layer structure indicates, they tend to be associated with the FAO soil groups of Podzols to the north and Luvisols to the south.

2. A classification system of food: One categorization method is the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO.
3. Etymology: from Latin albus, "white".
albescans (s) (noun), albicantia (pl)
White material: Jack mentioned that the vase was covered with albescans, but he didn't know what it was made of.
albescent (adjective), more albescent, most albescent
Regarding something growing or becoming white; shading or passing into white: The painter told Mrs. Clark that the fresh paint would turn into an albescent color, or a very pale milklike tint after drying.
albicans (s) (noun), albicantia (pl)
White: Albicans is the color of new snow!

Albicans is the color of chalk most teachers use to write on the blackboard.

When all the rays in the spectrum are blended, the outcome is the color of albicans.

albicul (s) (noun), albiculi (pl)
A white person, used as a derogatory term: The book that Sam wans reading described some individuals as albiculi because they were not liked at all, behaved in a atrocious way, and not willing to talk to the natives of the land.
albiduria, albinuria (s) (noun) (no pl)
The passing of pale or white urine of low specific gravity; albinuria: Because Doug noticed a disorder in his pee, he went to his doctor who informed him that he had a condition of albiduria, which gave his urine a milklike color.
albidus (adjective) (not comparable)
Rare, whitish, white: For her wedding, Kitty word a fantastic albidus silk dress of a very pale milklike hue.
albification (s) (noun), albifications (pl)
Outdated, the process or art of making white; In a class in physical alchemy, Joe learned about albification as being the method of changing something to a very palev and pallid color.
albiflorous (adjective) (not comparable)
In botany, concerning a plant having white flowers: Some albiflorous plants include impatiens, begonias, and dahlias, all of which are annuals.
albify (verb), albifies; albified; albifying
To make white, to whiten: Because Mary's blouse was discoloured, she tried to albify it with bleach.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units meaning "white": albumino-; leuco-.