from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An aurora that occurs in northern regions of the earth. Also called northern lights.
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- n. The aurora of the northern hemisphere
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A luminous meteoric phenomenon, visible only at night, and supposed to be of electrical origin. This species of light usually appears in streams, ascending toward the zenith from a dusky line or bank, a few degrees above the northern horizon; when reaching south beyond the zenith, it forms what is called the corona, about a spot in the heavens toward which the dipping needle points. Occasionally the aurora appears as an arch of light across the heavens from east to west. Sometimes it assumes a wavy appearance, and the streams of light are then called merry dancers. They assume a variety of colors, from a pale red or yellow to a deep red or blood color.
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- n. the aurora of the northern hemisphere
aurora borealis, a geomagnetic phenomenon that's also known as the northern lights, is something we usually think of as occurring in, well, the north: Greenland, Iceland, Alaska and areas of northern Canada are famous for dazzling displays of red, green and orange lights, especially in the winter months.
aurora borealis is very important to the story, Mr. Naime said.