cir·​ro·​cu·​mu·​lus ˌsir-ō-ˈkyü-myə-ləs How to pronounce cirrocumulus (audio)
: a high-altitude cloud form consisting of small white rounded masses usually in regular groupings see cloud illustration

Examples of cirrocumulus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are other types of linear clouds (like alto- and cirrocumulus) but those tend to appear in parallel bands. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 2 July 2012 So cloud iridescence usually happens in lenticular or alto-cumulus, cirrus and cirrocumulus clouds. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 12 Aug. 2022 The three main types are cirrus, cirrostratus and cirrocumulus. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 17 July 2022 High clouds are classified as either cirrus, cirrostratus, or cirrocumulus. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, 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, 16 Feb. 2018

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cirrocumulus was circa 1803

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“Cirrocumulus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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cir·​ro·​cu·​mu·​lus ˌsir-ō-ˈkyü-myə-ləs How to pronounce cirrocumulus (audio)
: a cloud form of small white rounded masses at a high altitude usually in regular groups

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