nimbus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin nimbus (dark cloud)

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Noun[edit]

nimbus (plural nimbi or nimbuses)

  1. A circle of light; a halo.
  2. A gray rain cloud.

Usage notes[edit]

  • (circle of light): In heraldry and art, a nimbus may be considered distinct from a halo. The term halo can refer to an open ring of light or of gold behind the head of a saint, while nimbus refers to a solid disk of light or gold.

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  • (circle of light): halo

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Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nimbus m (genitive nimbī); second declension

  1. rainstorm, rain shower
  2. rain cloud, thunder cloud
  3. cloud
  4. halo (visible aura of divine power)
  5. throng
  6. (figuratively) calamity, tempest

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative nimbus nimbī
genitive nimbī nimbōrum
dative nimbō nimbīs
accusative nimbum nimbōs
ablative nimbō nimbīs
vocative nimbe nimbī

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Noun[edit]

nimbus m (Cyrillic spelling нимбус)

  1. (religion) halo
  2. nimbus

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