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white rainbow



[fog-boh, fawg-] /ˈfɒgˌboʊ, ˈfɔg-/
a bow, arc, or circle of white or yellowish hue seen in or against a fog bank; a rainbow formed by fog droplets.
Also called mistbow, seadog, white rainbow.
Origin of fogbow
1825-35; fog1 + (rain)bow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The minute drops of a fog sometimes give rise to a bow that is almost devoid of color—the white rainbow, or fog bow.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • "Well, that's the first time I ever saw a white rainbow," said Graeme to the captain.

    Pearl of Pearl Island John Oxenham
  • Thompson has scaled the white rainbow of the night, and sits in radiant company among the first planetary strummers of song.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • Indoors she appeared with her hair divided by a parting that arched like a white rainbow from ear to ear.

  • The man told me that at night the moon forms a white rainbow on the hill.

    The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville
  • Twice I have seen a white rainbow towards the middle of the night, which was not only observed by me, but also by all the sailors.

  • Once, in riding to Sengmai on a misty morning, I saw a white rainbow rising from the ground; a fine and weird sight it was.

British Dictionary definitions for white rainbow

white rainbow

another name for fogbow


a faint arc of light sometimes seen in a fog bank Also called seadog, white rainbow
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white rainbow in Science
A faint white or yellowish arc-shaped light that sometimes appears in fog opposite the Sun. A fogbow is similar to a rainbow but forms in a cloud or in fog. Also called cloudbow.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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