from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A form of cloud having the character of both the cirrus and the cumulus. See cloud, 1.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Meteor.) See under cloud.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a cloud at a high altitude consisting of a series of regularly arranged small clouds resembling ripples


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  • All these were, so to speak, the mere outlying flakes, the feathery curls, of the balmy cirro-cumulus, whose huge bulk arose out of the bowels of the ship itself.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864

  • The cirro-cumulus and the hazes become luminous when they are traversed by sufficiently energetic discharges of electricity, and when the light of day is no longer present to overcome their more feeble light.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 26, December, 1859

  • Earlier in the year, a double corona had been seen when the moon was shining through cirro-cumulus clouds.

    The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914

  • The sky was covered with rapidly scudding, cirro-cumulus clouds which, by midday, quite obscured the sun, making surrounding objects and even the snow at our feet indistinguishable.

    The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914

  • That afternoon we noticed very fine iridescent colouring in cirro-cumulus clouds as they crossed the sun.

    The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914

  • The enormous white caps of nurses, their gay silk streamers fluttering behind them, the white-clad children, the light summer dresses of women; the patches of white newspaper held by other loungers on the seats; a dazzling bit of cirro-cumulus scudding across the clear Paris sky; the pale dome of the Panthéon rising to the East; the background of the

    The Belovéd Vagabond

  • Beneath a cirro-cumulus -- or mackerel sky -- again that day, wonderfully beautiful because of its perfection of design, we were gradually rising over the domed elevation we had previously observed, upon which we found masses of tiny pebbles -- what are known to geologists by the Italian name of "puzzolana" or _scoriæ_ reduced to a granular condition.

    Across Unknown South America

  • [footnote] * On my return from my American travels, I described the delicate cirro-cumulus cloud, which appears uniformly divided, as if by the action of repulsive forces, under the name of polar bands ( 'bandes polaires'), because their perspective point of convergence is mostly at first in the magnetic pole, so that the parallel rows of fleecy clouds follow the magnetic meridian.

    COSMOS: A Sketch of the Physical Description of the Universe, Vol. 1

  • "Throughout the entire day the sky was overcast, with a thermometer varying from fifty-seven degrees at 300 feet to forty-four degrees, Fahrenheit at 5,000 feet, at which altitude the wind had a velocity of 43 miles an hour, in clouds of a cirro-cumulus nature, a landing finally being made near Tannersville, New York, in the Catskill mountains, after a voyage of five and one-half hours.

    Flying Machines: Construction and Operation


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