fata morgana

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fa·ta mor·ga·na

 (fä′tə môr-gä′nə)
See mirage.

[Italian, mirage, Morgan le Fay (from the belief that the mirage was caused by her witchcraft) : fata, fairy (from Vulgar Latin *fāta, goddess of fate; see fairy) + Morgana, Morgan le Fay; akin to Medieval Latin Morgen (ultimately of Celtic origin ; perhaps akin to Old Irish Morrígan, a powerful, often sinister female supernatural being of Irish myth).]

Fata Morgana

(ˈfɑːtə mɔːˈɡɑːnə; Italian ˈfaːta mɔrˈɡaːna)
(General Physics) a mirage, esp one in the Strait of Messina attributed to the sorcery of Morgan le Fay
[C19: from Italian: Morgan le Fay]

Fa•ta Mor•ga•na

(ˈfɑ tə mɔrˈgɑ nə, -ˈgæn ə)
a mirage consisting of multiple images, as of cliffs and buildings, that are distorted and magnified to resemble elaborate castles.
[1810–20; < Italian, translation of Morgan le Fay, associated in literature with magical castles]
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Noun1.fata morgana - a mirage in the Strait of Messina (attributed to the Arthurian sorcerer Morgan le Fay)
mirage - an optical illusion in which atmospheric refraction by a layer of hot air distorts or inverts reflections of distant objects
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I either behold a fata morgana, or I am regularly tipsy," whimpered out the Councillor.
joined the ASEAN Committee in Prague (ACP), which consists of the Embassies of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, during the formal opening of the ASEAN Orchid Exhibit held at the Fata Morgana Greenhouse of Prague Botanical Garden.
Yet if the tundra is a bleak environment, it is consistently brightened by unexpected encounters with the natural world -- everything from bumblebees and Arctic wrens to the Fata Morgana.
Everything else will be no more than a fata morgana instead of a new horizon, or even an old one for that matter.
At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways.
The local area is subject to temperature differentials that cause an optical illusion known as Fata Morgana.
Despues de debutar en 1964 con De brillante porvenir, obra realista codirigida con Roman Gubern y demasiado distorsionada por la censura franquista que para entonces en Espana caia como la espada de Damocles, Vicente Aranda emprendio por fin su itinerario creativo con sus mucho mas personales Fata Morgana de 1966, donde se encuentra en estado puro el realismo fantastico que propugnaba el grupo, y Las crueles de 1969, donde estos elementos se mezclan con algunos otros mas comerciales tras la busqueda de una no menos imperante sobrevivencia.
Sixteen-year-old Jonathan Gouden and his sister, Hannah, have spent their entire lives in the aerial city of Fata Morgana, an isolated mining outpost of a re-imagined London.
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Salah Stetie, La nuit de la substance (Montpelier: Fata Morgana, 2007), 38.
There are seven varieties, including the semi-double fata morgana, which have the grace of traditional lilies but without the pollen, so you'll stay sneeze-free.
En el barrio modernista de Coppede, donde existen imponentes villas y palacetes, La fata Morgana invita a dejar volar las fantasias del gusto, la imaginacion y el deseo.