One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Astronomy. A mass of gaseous material in space; specifically one from which a planet, solar system, or other celestial object is formed.
2A coherent mass of (especially harmful) gas or gaseous material released into the air, e.g. from a volcano, leaking gas pipe, etc.; especially a mass of poison gas released in a gas attack.
Late 19th century. From gas + cloud.
gas cloud/ˈɡas ˌklaʊd/
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