C c


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sir-oh-kyoo-myuh-luh s]
    • /ˌsɪr oʊˈkyu myə ləs/
    • /ˌsɪr.əʊˈkjuː.mjə.ləs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sir-oh-kyoo-myuh-luh s]
    • /ˌsɪr oʊˈkyu myə ləs/

Definitions of cirrocumulus word

  • noun cirrocumulus a high cloud of ice crystals grouped into small separate globular masses, usually occurring above 6000 metres (20 000 feet) 3
  • noun cirrocumulus the type of white cloud that resembles a small puff, flake, or streak, found at high altitudes and consisting of ice crystals and water droplets; mackerel sky 3
  • noun plural cirrocumulus a cirriform cloud of a class characterized by thin, white patches, each of which is composed of very small granules or ripples: of high altitude, about 20,000–40,000 feet (6000–12,000 meters). 1
  • noun cirrocumulus Cloud forming a broken layer of small fleecy clouds at high altitude, usually 16,500–45,000 feet (5-13 km), typically with a rippled or granulated appearance (as in a mackerel sky). 1
  • noun cirrocumulus (physics, meteorology) 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. 0

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Origin of cirrocumulus

First appearance:

before 1795
One of the 43% newest English words
First recorded in 1795-1805; cirro- + cumulus

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cirrocumulus popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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