mackerel-sky

mackerel sky

noun
an extensive group of cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds, especially when well-marked in their arrangement: so called because of a resemblance to the scales on a mackerel.

Origin:
1660–70

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mackerel sky
 
n
a sky patterned with cirrocumulus or small altocumulus clouds
 
[from the similarity to the pattern on a mackerel's back]

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