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cirrostratus Line breaks: cirro|stra¦tus
Pronunciation: /ˌsɪrəʊˈstrɑːtəs/

Definition of cirrostratus in English:


[mass noun]
Cloud forming a thin, more or less uniform semi-translucent layer at high altitude (usually 5 to 13 km, 16,500 to 45,000 ft).
Example sentences
  • The cloud most suited to halo formation is cirrostratus, which is most commonly observed well ahead of a developing frontal system.
  • Halos form when light from the sun or moon is refracted by ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds (like cirrostratus clouds).
  • Stratosphere air contains little water vapor or dust; only wispy cirrostratus clouds streak the distant sky.

Words that rhyme with cirrostratus

altostratus, nimbostratus, stratus
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