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cirrus

Syllabification: cir·rus
Pronunciation: /ˈsirəs
 
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Definition of cirrus in English:

noun (plural cirri /ˈsirˌī, ˈsirē/)

1Cloud forming wispy filamentous tufted streaks (“mare’s tails”) at high altitude, usually 16,500–45,000 feet (5-13 km).
Example sentences
  • The basic cloud forms are cumulus, which are heaped clouds; stratus, which are layer clouds; and cirrus, which are wispy.
  • In the troposphere, water exists as vapor in air, as liquid droplets in clouds, and as frozen ice particles in high altitude cirrus clouds.
  • The formation of wispy cirrus clouds is not a simple matter.
2 Zoology A slender tendril or hairlike filament, such as the appendage of a barnacle, the barbel of a fish, or the intromittent organ of an earthworm.
Example sentences
  • Once the barnacles extended their cirri (fanlike, food-gathering appendages) and started waving them about to collect nutritious particles in the water, the researchers cast a shadow over them with a piece of cardboard.
  • Other common elements may include the possession of fixed conical teeth and cirri, or fleshy hair-like projections, on the head.
  • The head is often blunt and typically adorned with tentacles or cirri.
2.1 Botany A tendril.

Origin

early 18th century (in the sense 'tendril'): from Latin, literally 'a curl'.

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