Fata Morgana [Italian fah-tah mawr-gah-nah]
1. 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.
Origin: 1810-20; < Italian, translation of Morgan le Fay, associated in literature with magical castles
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