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fa·ta mor·ga·na(fä′tə môr-gä′nə)
[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).]
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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]
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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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|Noun||1.||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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