[ strey-toh-kyoo-myuh-luhs, strat-oh- ]

noun,plural stra·to·cu·mu·lus.
  1. a cloud of a class characterized by large dark, rounded masses, usually in groups, lines, or waves, the individual elements being larger than those in altocumulus and the whole being at a lower altitude, usually below 8,000 feet (2,400 meters).

Origin of stratocumulus

1890–95; strato- + cumulus

Words Nearby stratocumulus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for stratocumulus


/ (ˌstrætəʊˈkjuːmjʊləs, ˌstreɪtəʊ-) /

nounplural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
  1. meteorol a uniform stretch of cloud containing dark grey globular masses

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Scientific definitions for stratocumulus


[ străt′ō-kyōōmyə-ləs ]

Plural stratocumuli (străt′ō-kyōōmyə-lī′)
  1. A low-altitude, often patchy cloud occurring in extensive horizontal layers with distinct, rounded tops. See illustration at cloud.

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