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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1803, from cirrus + cumulus.


n. (context physics meteorology English) A principal high-level cloud type appearing as a thin, white patch of cloud without shadows, composed of very small droplets in the form of grains or ripples. The elements may be merged or separate, and more or less regularly arranged; they subtend an angle of less than 1° when observed at an angle of more than 30° above the horizon. Holes or rifts often occur in a sheet of cirrocumulus. Abbreviated Cc.

  1. n. a cloud at a high altitude consisting of a series of regularly arranged small clouds resembling ripples [syn: cirrocumulus cloud]

  2. [also: cirrocumuli (pl)]


Usage examples of "cirrocumulus".

The sky was clear except for some cirrocumulus clouds, and the headwind was an estimated four to six miles per hour.

The sky opened out, a hemisphere of rich lapis lazuli lightly frosted with cirrocumulus in vast, sweeping bands so thin that the sun shone through like a giant dahlia.

Define the difference between cirrostratus, cirrocumulus, and stratocumulus and the type of weather or associated fronts related to each.

Far above me, feathered cirrus and rippled cirrocumulus caught the twilight in a pastel riot of soft pinks, rose glows, violet tinges, and golden backlighting.

Their canopies filled with air, hands on their steering toggles, the jumpers descended at an initial rate of about eighteen feet per second, passing through a high layer of cirrocumulus clouds composed of supercooled water and ice.

The planet itself seemed to veil its face gradually with distended cirrocumuli, as if in self-defense against the incredibly thin and yet so destructive ray, which jabbed at the remaining shards of ice as they sank into the atmosphere.

Wisps of feathery cirrocumuli, spiraling inward, began to close the breach in Quinta's cloud cover, but they had not yet filled it when a yellow light burst up through them.