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  • Among these cirrus clouds the principal varieties are jelly-fish (usually head to the wind), horsetails (rare), wisps, plumes, and filoplumate curls, pectinate and double pectinate; forms like the blur of a moderately-stretched cord having locks of loose cotton closely arranged on it and the string being put in motion with a twang of the finger. This appears to be the pencil and curl cloud interformed.

    --L. M. Turner, 1886, Contributions to the Natural History of Alaska, p. 31

    April 11, 2008