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white cloud

noun
1.
a small, brightly colored freshwater fish, Tanichthys albonubes, native to China: popular in home aquariums.
Origin of white cloud
by ellipsis from White Cloud Mountain fish, after a hill of the same name (Chinese Bǎiyún shān), NE of Canton, China, where the fish was discovered in 1932
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  • There is no snow at the summit, but there is nearly always a white cloud cap there, hence the name.

    Prowling about Panama George A. Miller
  • Look, that is Sugarloaf, piercing the white cloud; and yonder is Castletown.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • Far away in the northeast the snowy mass of Aconcagua, loftiest of all American summits, floats like a white cloud on the horizon.

  • This was in the daytime, and one of the moons was doubtless a halo or a white cloud.

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
  • Mount Pilatus rose high in front of them, a soft, white cloud above his head.

    The Overall Boys in Switzerland Eulalie Osgood Grover
  • At that moment a white cloud burst from the side of the yacht.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • A small conical, white cloud, like a bursting cotton-pod, revealed an open battery in the willow-fringed meadow.

    Clarence Bret Harte
  • The strip of white cloud flew on a whirl from the blue, to confirm it.

  • white cloud took the dish and went to her grandfather's lodge, the duck waddling behind her.

  • A broken mass of white cloud caught the glory of the sinking sun.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey

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