anvil /ˈanvɪl/


I. noun

1. a heavy iron block with a flat top and concave sides, on which metal can be hammered and shaped.
2. the horizontally extended upper part of a cumulonimbus cloud.

[as modifier]

anvil clouds.
[Anatomy] another term for incus.
– origin Old English anfilte, from the Germanic base of on + a verbal stem meaning ‘beat’.

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