cloudburst

[kloud-burst]
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Origin of cloudburst

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; cloud + burst
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Related Words for cloudburst

storm, deluge, downpour, torrent

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British Dictionary definitions for cloudburst

cloudburst

noun
  1. a heavy downpour
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Word Origin and History for cloudburst
n.

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

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