cloudburst

[ kloud-burst ]
/ ˈklaʊdˌbɜrst /

noun

a sudden and very heavy rainfall.

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  8. clouded yellow,
  9. cloudland,
  10. cloudless

Origin of cloudburst

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; cloud + burst

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British Dictionary definitions for cloudburst

cloudburst

/ (ˈklaʊdˌbɜːst) /

noun

a heavy downpour
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Word Origin and History for cloudburst

cloudburst

n.

also cloud-burst, 1817, American English, from cloud (n.) + burst (n.). Parallels German Wolkenbruch.

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