Nimbus

Nim"bus

(?), n.;
pl. L. Nimbi (#), E. Nimbuses (#).
[L., a rain storm, a rain cloud, the cloudshaped which enveloped the gods when they appeared on earth.] 1. (Fine Arts) A circle, or disk, or any indication of radiant light around the heads of divinities, saints, and sovereigns, upon medals, pictures, etc.; a halo. See Aureola, and Glory, n., 5.
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"The nimbus is of pagan origin." "As an attribute of power, the nimbus is often seen attached to the heads of evil spirits." Fairholl.
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2. (Meteor.) A rain cloud; one of the four principal varieties of clouds. See Cloud.
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