An optical illusion in which atmospheric refraction by a layer of hot air distorts or inverts reflections of distant objects.
Roget 443: dim sight, dull sight half sight, short sight, near sight, long sight, double sight, astigmatic sight, failing sight; dimsightedness &c.; purblindness, lippitude†; myopia, presbyopia†; ... show more
Dutch: fata morgana, gezichtsbedrog, luchtspiegeling
Something illusory and unattainable.
Moby thesaurus: apparition, appearance, bafflement, balk, bamboozlement, befooling, betrayed hope, blasted expectation, blighted hope, blow, bluffing, buffet, calculated deception, circumvention, comedown, conning, cruel disappointment, dash, dashed hope, deceiving ... show more.
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