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rain cloud

  1. a cloud or a mass of clouds that yields rain.
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Origin of rain cloud

First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for rain-cloud

Historical Examples

  • The various phenomena of the rain-cloud are best seen in a distant shower.

    The Rain Cloud


  • Not the adults only; nor yet by immersion, whether in the rain-cloud or the surf.

  • Vasishṭas is a form of Indras; his cow is here the rain-cloud.

  • The semicircular head has lost all appendages and is reduced to a rain-cloud symbol.

  • Each bird has four tail-feathers and rain-cloud symbols on the anterior end of the body.

Word Origin and History for rain-cloud


also raincloud, 1800, from rain (n.) + cloud (n.).

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