cirrostratus

noun
cir·​ro·​stra·​tus | \ ˌsir-ō-ˈstrā-təs How to pronounce cirrostratus (audio) , -ˈstra- How to pronounce cirrostratus (audio) \

Definition of cirrostratus

: a fairly uniform high thin cloud layer darker than cirrus and often covering the entire sky — see cloud illustration

Examples of cirrostratus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web High clouds are classified as either cirrus, cirrostratus, or cirrocumulus. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Clouds, explained," 24 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of cirrostratus

circa 1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cirrostratus

New Latin

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“Cirrostratus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cirrostratus. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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