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  • n. The act of seeking and finding shapes in clouds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Aristophanes's comedy “The Birds,” an imaginary city built in the clouds by the birds at the instigation of two Athenians, and represented both as a fantastic caricature of Athens in the poet's day and as a sort of Philistine Utopia full of gross enjoyments; hence, in literary allusion, cloudland; fools' paradise.


Ancient Greek. The word comes from the play The Birds by the Greek playwright Aristophanes. (Wiktionary)


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  • This word belongs in the Wordnik lists of imagined places and destinaitons.

    January 23, 2013

  • It is pronounced /ne-fê-lê-kak-'si-jee-yê/.

    July 27, 2008

  • From WWFTD, 5/16/08:
    1) capitalized: cloud cuckoo land
    2) the act of finding shapes in clouds

    First used by Aristophanes in The Birds, (414 BC), this was to be a city in the clouds; fr. nephele, "cloud" + kokkyx, "cuckoo."

    May 16, 2008