[fog-boh, fawg-]

Origin of fogbow

First recorded in 1825–35; fog1 + (rain)bow
Also called mistbow, seadog, white rainbow. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for fogbow


  1. a faint arc of light sometimes seen in a fog bankAlso called: seadog, white rainbow
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fogbow in Science


  1. A faint white or yellowish arc-shaped light that sometimes appears in fog opposite the Sun. A fogbow is similar to a rainbow but forms in a cloud or in fog. Also called cloudbow
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