altocumulus

noun

al·​to·​cu·​mu·​lus ˌal-tō-ˈkyü-myə-ləs How to pronounce altocumulus (audio)
plural altocumuli ˌal-tō-ˈkyü-myə-ˌlī How to pronounce altocumulus (audio)
-ˌlē
: a fleecy mid-altitude cloud formation consisting of large whitish globular masses with shaded portions see cloud illustration

Examples of altocumulus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The altocumulus floccus clouds, though, showed that a combination of instability (due to the puffy nature of the clouds) and moisture (the clouds already being there) were already present by Wednesday morning. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, 3 June 2020 Mid-level clouds are usually gray and are identified as either altocumulus, altostratus, or nimbostratus. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, 24 Apr. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin altus + New Latin -o- + cumulus

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of altocumulus was in 1881

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“Altocumulus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/altocumulus. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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altocumulus

noun
al·​to·​cu·​mu·​lus ˌal-tō-ˈkyü-myə-ləs How to pronounce altocumulus (audio)
: a fleecy cloud formation consisting of large whitish globular masses with shaded portions

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