nimbostratus

noun
nim·​bo·​stra·​tus | \ ˌnim-bō-ˈstrā-təs How to pronounce nimbostratus (audio) , -ˈstra- How to pronounce nimbostratus (audio) \

Definition of nimbostratus

: a low dark layer of gray cloud usually producing light continuous rain or snow — see cloud illustration

Examples of nimbostratus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mid-level clouds are usually gray and are identified as either altocumulus, altostratus, or nimbostratus. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Clouds, explained," 24 Apr. 2019 Mid-level clouds are usually gray and are identified as either altocumulus, altostratus, or nimbostratus. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Clouds, explained," 24 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of nimbostratus

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nimbostratus

New Latin, from Latin nimbus + New Latin stratus stratus

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“Nimbostratus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nimbostratus. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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