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

  1. Ref: Also called will-o'-the-wisp.

  2. something deluding or misleading.

Origin of ignis fatuus:

1555–65; < ML: lit., foolish fire

Princeton's WordNet

  1. friar's lantern, ignis fatuus, jack-o'-lantern, will-o'-the-wisp(noun)

    a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground

  2. will-o'-the-wisp, ignis fatuus(noun)

    an illusion that misleads


  1. ignis fatuus(Noun)

    A will o' the wisp.

  2. ignis fatuus(Noun)

    A delusion, a false hope.

  3. Origin: Modern Latin, from ignis (meaning "fire") + fatuus (meaning "foolish"). Literally "foolish fire".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ignis fatuus

    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

  2. Ignis fatuus

    fig.: A misleading influence; a decoy


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