Fata-morgana meaning

fä'tə môr-gä'nə
A mirage, esp. one sometimes seen off the coast of Sicily near the Strait of Messina.
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A form of mirage caused by a temperature inversion in the atmosphere.
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Origin of fata-morgana

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 fairy) Morgana Morgan le Fay Medieval Latin Morgen (ultimately of Celtic origin) (perhaps akin to Old Irish Morrígan a powerful, often sinister female supernatural being of Irish myth)