Definitions for "Magellanic clouds"
Separate galaxies being two of the smaller members of the Local Group to which our galaxy belongs.
Two companion galaxies of our own, called the Large Magellanic Cloud and the Small Magellanic Cloud. They are visible only from the Southern Hemisphere.
The two irregular galaxies that are the nearest neighbors of the Milky Way; they are visible to the unaided eye in the southern hemisphere.