flocculent spiral galaxy

a spiral galaxy with discontinuous spiral arms
Syn: flocculent spiral, flocculent galaxy, flocculent
Ant: grand design spiral galaxy
See Also: spiral galaxy, barred spiral galaxy, intermediate spiral galaxy, unbarred spiral galaxy, Magellanic spiral galaxy, grand design spiral galaxy, multi-arm spiral galaxy, galaxy

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