fata morgana

Fa·ta Mor·ga·na
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    • UK Pronunciation
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    • [Italian fah-tah mawr-gah-nah]
    • /Italian ˈfɑ tɑ mɔrˈgɑ nɑ/
    • /ˈfɑː.tə mɒrˈ.ɡæ.nə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [Italian fah-tah mawr-gah-nah]
    • /Italian ˈfɑ tɑ mɔrˈgɑ nɑ/

Definitions of fata morgana words

  • noun fata morgana Meteorology. a mirage consisting of multiple images, as of cliffs and buildings, that are distorted and magnified to resemble elaborate castles, often seen near the Straits of Messina. 1
  • noun fata morgana a mirage, esp one in the Strait of Messina attributed to the sorcery of Morgan le Fay 0
  • noun fata morgana a mirage, esp. one sometimes seen off the coast of Sicily near the Strait of Messina 0

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Origin of fata morgana

First appearance:

before 1810
One of the 40% newest English words
1810-20; < Italian, translation of Morgan le Fay, associated in literature with magical castles

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fata morgana popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 7% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
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Synonyms for fata morgana

noun fata morgana

  • rainbow — a bow or arc of prismatic colors appearing in the heavens opposite the sun and caused by the refraction and reflection of the sun's rays in drops of rain. Compare primary rainbow, secondary rainbow.
  • monster — a legendary animal combining features of animal and human form or having the forms of various animals in combination, as a centaur, griffin, or sphinx.
  • fabrication — the act or process of fabricating; manufacture.
  • delusion — A delusion is a false idea.
  • hallucination — a sensory experience of something that does not exist outside the mind, caused by various physical and mental disorders, or by reaction to certain toxic substances, and usually manifested as visual or auditory images.

Antonyms for fata morgana

noun fata morgana

  • reality — the state or quality of being real.
  • truth — the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.
  • certainty — Certainty is the state of being definite or of having no doubts at all about something.
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