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cloudburst

[kloud-burst] /ˈklaʊdˌbɜrst/
noun
1.
a sudden and very heavy rainfall.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20, Americanism; cloud + burst
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British Dictionary definitions for cloud-burst

cloudburst

/ˈklaʊdˌbɜːst/
noun
1.
a heavy downpour
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Word Origin and History for cloud-burst

cloudburst

n.

also cloud-burst, 1817, American English, from cloud (n.) + burst (n.). Parallels German Wolkenbruch.

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