a principal middle level cloud type (cloud genus), white or gray, or both white and gray, which occurs as a layer or patch with a wave aspect, the elements of which appear as laminae, rounded masses, rolls, etc; these elements usually are sharply outlined, but they may become partly fibrous or diffuse; they may or may not be merged, and they generally have shadowed parts; most of the regularly arranged altocumulus elements have an apparent width of 1 - 5 degrees.