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cirrocumulus

[ sir-oh-kyoo-myuh-luhs ]

noun

, plural cir·ro·cu·mu·lus.
  1. a cirriform cloud of a class characterized by thin, white patches, each of which is composed of very small granules or ripples: of high altitude, about 20,000–40,000 feet (6000–12,000 meters). : Cc


cirrocumulus

/ ˌsɪrəʊˈkjuːmjʊləs /

noun

  1. meteorol a high cloud of ice crystals grouped into small separate globular masses, usually occurring above 6000 metres (20 000 feet) See also mackerel sky


cirrocumulus

/ sîr′ō-kyo̅o̅myə-ləs /

, Plural cirrocumuli sîr′ō-kyo̅o̅myə-lī′

  1. A high-altitude cloud composed of a series of small, regularly arranged cloudlets in the form of ripples or grains. Cirrocumulus clouds generally form between 6,100 and 12,200 m (20,000 and 40,000 ft) and are composed exclusively of ice crystals.
  2. See illustration at cloud


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Other Words From

  • cirro·cumu·lar cir·ro·cu·mu·la·tive [sir-oh-, kyoo, -my, uh, -ley-tiv, -l, uh, -tiv], cirro·cumu·lous adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cirrocumulus1

First recorded in 1795–1805; cirro- + cumulus
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Example Sentences

Towards morning there were a few cirrocumulus clouds passing over north-east to south-west, but these disappeared before daylight.

Towards afternoon, cirrocumulus and cirrostratus began to appear moving northward.

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