fata morgana


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fa·ta mor·ga·na

 (fä′tə môr-gä′nə)
n.
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)
n
(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)
n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Translations
fata morgána

Fata Morgana

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