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- n. A ragged cumulus; an ill-defined cloud in the first stage of condensation and representing the tops of small, low atmospheric waves due to rapid winds near the surface of the ocean or land; scud. The fractocumulus is, relatively speaking, a low cloud, lying some distance below the fiat base of the ordinary cumulus. See cloud, 1.
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We owe our current names for clouds to Luke Howard. Wikipedia tells us that "Howard was not the first to attempt a classification of clouds—Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744–1829) had earlier proposed a ...
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