mackerel sky

noun

: a sky covered with rows of altocumulus or cirrocumulus clouds resembling the patterns on a mackerel's back

Examples of mackerel sky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a recent, unseasonably warm winter day, with a mackerel sky hanging over the property, Stan and Tina Ledgerwood talked about what brought them back to the farm. Mark Olalde, ProPublica, 6 May 2024 This is certainly true of another of his award-winning shots, which shows a racehorse silhouetted against a stunning mackerel sky. Ben Church, CNN, 5 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mackerel sky was in 1667

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“Mackerel sky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mackerel%20sky. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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mackerel sky

noun
: a sky covered with rows of clouds resembling the patterns on a mackerel's back
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