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cirrus clouds [(sir-uhs)]

Lacy or wispy clouds that form at high altitudes, generally before a change in the weather.

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  • At other times the margins themselves are fringed with filaments similar to cirrus clouds.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • cirrus clouds, or others, dissolve, or cirrus have tails down.

    Reading the Weather Thomas Morris Longstreth
  • The moon was just overhead, ringed round with a field of cirrus clouds.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee
  • Bars of cirrus clouds covered the whole sky—the presage of a coming storm.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • That type of cirrus clouds isn't proof of a coming hurricane, not by a good deal, but it's one of the signs.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • He looked up and saw the blue sky above fretted with cirrus clouds.

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
  • The moon soon after rising, passed behind a long dense body of cirrus clouds, that floated over the eastern horizon.

  • cirrus clouds, for instance, exhibit many forms, and these so diverse that they must be due to very different causes.

  • The day was warm for the season—so sultry that the cirrus clouds swimming in the blue ether, looked soft to April tearfulness.

    Jessamine Marion Harland
  • There was a wide ring around it, and he remembered noticing the wisps of cirrus clouds gathering overhead through the afternoon.

    Little Fuzzy Henry Beam Piper

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