- a cloud or a mass of clouds that yields rain.
Origin of rain cloud
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for rain-cloud
The various phenomena of the rain-cloud are best seen in a distant shower.The Rain Cloud
Not the adults only; nor yet by immersion, whether in the rain-cloud or the surf.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus
G. A. Chadwick
Vasishṭas is a form of Indras; his cow is here the rain-cloud.Zoological Mythology, Volume I (of 2)
Angelo de Gubernatis
The semicircular head has lost all appendages and is reduced to a rain-cloud symbol.
Each bird has four tail-feathers and rain-cloud symbols on the anterior end of the body.
Word Origin and History for rain-cloud
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