cumulus

noun
cu·​mu·​lus | \ ˈkyü-myə-ləs How to pronounce cumulus (audio) \
plural cumuli\ ˈkyü-​myə-​ˌlī How to pronounce cumulus (audio) , -​ˌlē \

Definition of cumulus

2 [New Latin, from Latin] : a dense puffy cloud form having a flat base and rounded outlines often piled up like a mountain — see cloud illustration

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Examples of cumulus in a Sentence

the cumulus of sundry things that fill up one's attic and somehow sum up a lifetime of experiences
Recent Examples on the Web Participants will learn how to make their own cumulus clouds with cleaning expert Brandi Smith. cleveland, 27 Aug. 2021 Sandler added that the reason the NWS did not issue a tornado warning is because the fire tornado is essentially chained to the heat from the fire and the cumulus clouds above. Joe Siess, oregonlive, 28 July 2021 The satellite loop below shows some building cumulus clouds which eventually could produce a couple of showers and a rumble or two of thunder is not out of the question. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2021 On our second day, the smoke scattered in the midsummer breeze and high cumulus clouds, and the air was clearer. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 24 Mar. 2021 Instead, Tom should take a review day to make sure that cumulus and stratus are firmly in his brain. Brian Platzer, The Atlantic, 23 Mar. 2021 Cooler climates such as London and Dublin have fewer cumulus clouds. John Cox, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2021 This is Farah Parsa’s variation on the traditional Iranian dish tahchin, saturated with the flavor of saffron, cumulus-light from the addition of yogurt and with a dome of tahdig, the crisp layer of rice formed on the bottom of the pot. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2020 Today, John Constable’s depictions of gray cumulus clouds; overgrown, verdant foliage; and cow-filled, bucolic pastures rank among England’s most renowned 19th-century landscape paintings. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cumulus

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cumulus

Latin

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The first known use of cumulus was in 1659

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4 Sep 2021

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“Cumulus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cumulus. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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cumulus

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English Language Learners Definition of cumulus

: a type of thick cloud that is rounded on top and has a flat base

cumulus

noun
cu·​mu·​lus | \ ˈkyü-myə-ləs How to pronounce cumulus (audio) \
plural cumuli\ -​ˌlī , -​ˌlē \

Kids Definition of cumulus

: a massive cloud form having a flat base and rounded outlines often piled up like a mountain

cumulus

noun
cu·​mu·​lus | \ ˈkyü-myə-ləs How to pronounce cumulus (audio) \
plural cumuli\ -​ˌlī, -​ˌlē How to pronounce cumulus (audio) \

Medical Definition of cumulus

: the projecting mass of granulosa cells that bears the developing ovum in a graafian follicle

called also discus proligerus

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