fata morgana

[ Italian fah-tah mawr-gah-nah ]SEE DEFINITION OF fata morgana
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We also read (p. 119) of the Fata Morgana and other similar appearances.

Could it be water, or was it only the mirage—the fata morgana?

Was it only a delusive appearance, a fata morgana of the desert?

That's only his fata morgana, for he's foredoomed to die in harness.

"Like the Fata Morgana of the desert, I am all things to all men," she said.

Some of the finest examples of Fata Morgana are witnessed in the polar regions.

This is the Fata Morgana, which for twenty-six years I had thought a mere fable.

"It is the Fata Morgana, or the mirage," explained the guide.

The whole thing had been a fata morgana; it had now vanished forever.

It seemed to her that she was flying up to Fata Morgana in her castle in the air.

WORD ORIGIN

1818, literally "Fairy Morgana," mirage especially common in the Strait of Messina, Italy, from Morgana, the "Morgan le Fay" of Anglo-French poetry, sister of King Arthur, located in Calabria by Norman settlers. Morgan is Welsh, "sea-dweller." There is perhaps, too, here an influence of Arabic marjan, literally "pearl," also a fem. proper name, popularly the name of a sorceress.

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