[ strey-toh-kyoo-myuh-luhs, strat-oh- ]
/ ˌstreɪ toʊˈkyu myə ləs, ˌstræt oʊ- /
noun, plural stra·to·cu·mu·lus.
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).
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Words nearby stratocumulus
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British Dictionary definitions for stratocumulus
/ (ˌstrætəʊˈkjuːmjʊləs, ˌstreɪtəʊ-) /
noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
meteorol a uniform stretch of cloud containing dark grey globular masses
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Scientific definitions for stratocumulus
[ străt′ō-kyōōm′yə-ləs ]
Plural stratocumuli (străt′ō-kyōōm′yə-lī′)
A low-altitude, often patchy cloud occurring in extensive horizontal layers with distinct, rounded tops. See illustration at cloud.
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