Definition of Fata morgana

1. Noun. A mirage in the Strait of Messina (attributed to the Arthurian sorcerer Morgan le Fay).

Generic synonyms: Mirage

Definition of Fata morgana

1. Noun. A form of mirage caused by a temperature inversion in the atmosphere. ¹

2. Noun. A mirage, especially one seen in the Strait of Messina ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fata Morgana

fat necrosis
fat necrosis tumour
fat of the land
fat pants
fat person
fat quarter
fat quarters
fat soluble
fat solvents
fat substitutes
fat tail
fat tails
fat tax
fat taxes
fat tide
fata morgana (current term)
fatal accident
fatal outcome
fatality rate

Literary usage of Fata morgana

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Elements of Meteorology, with Questions for Examination, Designed for by John Brocklesby (1869)
"fata morgana. This name is given to an extraordinary optical phenomenon, which has been often seen in the straits of Messina, between the island of Sicily ..."

2. A Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts by William Nicholson (1797)
"VU. wf» Account of tin fata morgana ; er tie Optical Appearance of Figures, ... and is known by the name of fata morgana, or, as fome render it, ..."

3. The Fairy Family: A Series of Ballads & Metrical Tales Illustrating the by Archibald Maclaren (1857)
"... fave in the evil hour When guilt we meditate within, Or harbour unrepented fin." fata morgana.—There is a grandeur, ..."

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