mackerel sky


Definition of mackerel sky

: 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 This is certainly true of another of his award-winning shots, which shows a racehorse silhouetted against a stunning mackerel sky. Ben Church, CNN, "Stunning images from horse racing's photographer of the year," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of mackerel sky

1667, in the meaning defined above

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“Mackerel sky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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