cir·​ro·​cu·​mu·​lus | \ ˌsir-ō-ˈkyü-myə-ləs How to pronounce cirrocumulus (audio) \

Definition of cirrocumulus

: a high-altitude cloud form consisting of small white rounded masses usually in regular groupings — see cloud illustration

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High clouds are classified as either cirrus, cirrostratus, or cirrocumulus. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Clouds, explained," 24 Apr. 2019 Within the lenticular category itself, there are several types: Altocumulus standing lenticular, stratocumulus standing lenticular and cirrocumulus standing lenticular. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Pic of the week: Flying-saucer cloud ‘lands’ on Mount Hood," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cirrocumulus

circa 1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cirrocumulus

New Latin

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