mackerel sky
mackerel sky mackerel sky n. A sky filled with rows of cirrocumulus or small altocumulus clouds. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • Mackerel sky — Mackerel Mack er*el, n. [OF. maquerel, F. maquereau (LL. macarellus), prob. for maclereau, fr. L. macula a spot, in allusion to the markings on the fish. See {Mail} armor.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of the genus {Scomber} of the family {Scombridae} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mackerel sky — n. a sky covered with rows of small, fleecy, cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds, suggesting the streaks on a mackerel s back …   English World dictionary

  • mackerel sky — a type of altocumulus clouds, indicating moisture and instability; hence the saying Mackerel sky, mackerel sky, Never long wet and never long dry . Presumably named for the wavy pattern as seen on mackerel flanks …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • mackerel sky — sky dappled with small cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds that look like the markings of mackerel …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mackerel sky — mack′erel sky′ n. mer a sky marked by cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds scattered like the markings on a mackerel s back • Etymology: 1660–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • mackerel sky — noun Date: 1667 a sky covered with rows of altocumulus or cirrocumulus clouds resembling the patterns on a mackerel s back …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mackerel sky — noun a sky filled with a regular pattern of altocumulus clouds somewhat resembling the skin of a mackerel …   Wiktionary

  • mackerel sky — A condition in which there are rows of altocumulus or cirrocumulus clouds in the sky, which look like scales of a mackerel fish …   Aviation dictionary

  • mackerel sky — noun a sky dappled with rows of small white fleecy (typically cirrocumulus) clouds, like the pattern on a mackerel s back …   English new terms dictionary

  • mackerel sky — /mækərəl ˈskaɪ/ (say makuhruhl skuy) noun 1. sky nearly covered with high, small, white, fleecy clouds arranged in bands. 2. an extensive group of altocumulus clouds arranged in regular waves with blue sky showing in the gaps …   Australian English dictionary

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