secondary rainbow


a faint rainbow formed by light rays that undergo two internal reflections in drops of rain, appearing above the primary rainbow and having its colors in the opposite order.

Nearby words

  1. secondary picketing,
  2. secondary process,
  3. secondary processes,
  4. secondary qualities,
  5. secondary quality,
  6. secondary recovery,
  7. secondary road,
  8. secondary saturation,
  9. secondary school,
  10. secondary sensory nucleus

Origin of secondary rainbow

First recorded in 1785–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019