Meaning of Fata Morgana

Fa•ta Mor•ga•na

Pronunciation: (It.fä'tä môr-gä'nä), [key]
  1. 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.
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