Definitions for ignis fatuusˈɪg nɪs ˈfætʃ u əs; ˈɪg niz ˈfætʃ uˌaɪ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ig•nis fat•u•usˈɪg nɪs ˈfætʃ u əs; ˈɪg niz ˈfætʃ uˌaɪ(n.)(pl.)ig•nes fat•u•i
Ref: Also called will-o'-the-wisp.
something deluding or misleading.
Origin of ignis fatuus:
1555–65; < ML: lit., foolish fire
friar's lantern, ignis fatuus, jack-o'-lantern, will-o'-the-wisp(noun)
a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground
will-o'-the-wisp, ignis fatuus(noun)
an illusion that misleads
A will o' the wisp.
A delusion, a false hope.
Origin: Modern Latin, from ignis (meaning "fire") + fatuus (meaning "foolish"). Literally "foolish fire".
a phosphorescent light that appears, in the night, over marshy ground, supposed to be occasioned by the decomposition of animal or vegetable substances, or by some inflammable gas; -- popularly called also Will-with-the-wisp, or Will-o'-the-wisp, and Jack-with-a-lantern, or Jack-o'-lantern
fig.: A misleading influence; a decoy
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