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fractus

[′frak·təs]
(meteorology)
A cloud species in which the cloud elements are irregular but generally small in size, and which presents a ragged, shredded appearance, as if torn; these characteristics change ceaselessly and often rapidly.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fractus

Clouds in the form of irregular and ragged shreds. The term applies to stratus and cumulus clouds. Fracto is used as a prefix for cloud forms to indicate that clouds are broken into irregular fragments.
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He derived the word from the Latin fractus meaning broken or fractured.
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