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nacreous cloud

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1.
a rarely seen, luminous, iridescent cloud shaped like a cirrus or altocumulus, approximately 15 miles (24 km) above the earth, and of unknown composition.
Also called mother-of-pearl cloud.
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nacreous cloud
  (nā'krē-əs)   
A cloud resembling a cirrus, showing iridescent coloration when the Sun is several degrees below the horizon. These clouds appear mostly during winter in regions of high latitude.
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