American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly Northeastern U.S. A sky covered with many small cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds, resembling the markings found on a mackerel. Also called regionally buttermilk sky.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sky in which the clouds have the form called cirro-cumulus—that is, are broken into fleecy masses three, four, or more times as long as they are wide, and arranged in parallel groups. Also called mackerel-back sky.
- n. a sky filled with a regular pattern of altocumulus clouds somewhat resembling the skin of a mackerel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a sky flecked with small white clouds; a cirro-cumulus. See Cloud.
- n. A sky filled with rows of cirrocumulus or small altocumulus clouds.
- n. a sky filled with rows of cirrocumulus or small altocumulus clouds
Sorry, no example sentences found.
These user-created lists contain the word ‘mackerel sky’.
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 ...
with a chance of mizzle
Yet another "random palavery" list of words that catch my eye or attention for whatever reason. No specific theme here.
Some of these were taken from older literature and have fallen out of use in the past few decades, but many are still used today in the same way they were used a century ago. By no means a compreh...
vagina dentata, pyrrhic victory, primordial soup, tilting at windmills, indian giver, potemkin village, put the kibosh on, molotov cocktail, penny dreadful, stockholm syndrome, devil's advocate, dog days and 6 more...
Looking for tweets for mackerel sky.