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[kloud-koo-koo-land, -koo k-oo-] /ˈklaʊdˌku kuˌlænd, -ˌkʊk u-/
an idealized, illusory domain of imagination; cloudland:
the cloud-cuckoo-land of technicolor cartoon whimsy.
Origin of cloud-cuckoo-land
1815-25; translation of Greek Nephelokokkȳgía, the realm which separates the gods from mankind in Aristophanes' The Birds Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Dorothy's clear-cut personality was becoming blurred; she never used to speculate about thistledown in cloud cuckoo land.

    The Vanity Girl Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for cloud cuckoo land


a realm of fantasy, dreams, or impractical notions
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Cloud Cuckoo Land

Imaginary city built in air, translating Aristophanes' Nephelokokkygia in "The Birds" (414 B.C.E.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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