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thunderhead

[thuhn-der-hed] /ˈθʌn dərˌhɛd/
noun, Meteorology
1.
incus (def 2).
3.
the upper portion of a cumulus cloud characterized by dense, sharply defined, cauliflowerlike upper parts and sometimes by great verticality.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; thunder + head
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  • They live under a dark cloud, a thunderhead that follows them from stadium to stadium.
British Dictionary definitions for thunderhead

thunderhead

/ˈθʌndəˌhɛd/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) the anvil-shaped top of a cumulonimbus cloud
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Word Origin and History for thunderhead
n.

"high-piled cloud," 1861, from thunder (n.) + head (n.).

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