Could someone help me understand the difference between a cloudy pillar and a pillar of cloud? I know they could be used synonymously, but I want to know if there is any discrapancy between the two in english.
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A cloudy pillar would be a pillar that is cloudy (sorry). Where the pillar could be made of stone, metal or anything else. Cloudy has many meanings, some fairly metaphorical. For example:
dimmed or dulled as if by clouds a cloudy mirror
uneven in color or texture
So it could be a stone pillar carved with a pattern of clouds. Or a wooden pillar obscured by clouds. Or a mirrored pillar that needs cleaning. Or a glass pillar filled with a cloudy liquid. Or, even, a pillar made of cloud.
On the other hand, pillar of cloud means a pillar made of cloud (or a cloud in the shape of a pillar). It could be intended metaphorically, but that would only be obvious from the context.