lipi@amenhotep:~$ dict “fata morgana”

2 definitions found

From Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
Fata Morgana Fa”ta Mor*ga”na [It.; — so called because this phenomenon was looked upon as the work of a fairy (It. fata) of the name of Morg[‘a]na. See {Fairy}.]
A kind of mirage by which distant objects appear inverted, distorted, displaced, or multiplied. It is noticed particularly at the Straits of Messina, between Calabria and Sicily.

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:
fata morgana
n : a mirage in the Strait of Messina (attributed to the Arthurian sorcerer Morgan le Fay)