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scud

Meteorol
a. a formation of low fractostratus clouds driven by a strong wind beneath rain-bearing clouds
b. a sudden shower or gust of wind

scud

[skəd]
(meteorology)
Ragged low clouds, usually stratus fractus; most often applied when such clouds are moving rapidly beneath a layer of nimbostratus.

scud

Small patches of low clouds below a heavy overcast.
References in classic literature ?
Swiftly she rose toward the clouds, racing with the scudding streamers of the storm-swept fragments, and a moment later she was swallowed by the dense masses billowing above.
A rollicking wind was scudding across the harbor and the dunes, whipping the water into white-caps and washing the sandshore with long lines of silvery breakers.
Once, an English ship, scudding in a storm, tried to stand by them, heaving-to pluckily under their lee.