[ 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.
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Origin of cloud-cuckoo-land
1815–25; translation of Greek Nephelokokkȳgía, the realm which separates the gods from mankind in Aristophanes' The Birds
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British Dictionary definitions for cloud cuckoo land
/ (ˈklaʊdˌlænd) /
a realm of fantasy, dreams, or impractical notions
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Word Origin and History for cloud cuckoo land
Cloud Cuckoo Land
Imaginary city built in air, translating Aristophanes' Nephelokokkygia in "The Birds" (414 B.C.E.).
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