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  • It was named after the strange phenomenon of light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o-latern.

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  • Hoc cognoscentes, ponebant custodiam ori suo, ut non delinquerent in lingua sua; ideoque concaluit cor earum intra eas, et 'in meditacione earum exarsit ignis (Ps. XXXVIII, 4) ille Dominus Deus noster, consumens omnem rubiginem uiciorum.

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  • Particularly he plays with ignis and lignis, to show how the same elements (elementum also means letter in Latin – in fact the folk etymology derives the Etruscan word “elementum” from L-M-N-tum … say it aloud …) can be common to both fire and wood.

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  • He then plays with particular anagrams to show how, for instance, fire (ignis) could be made of the same elements as wood (lignis).

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  • How do you feel towards this fair ignis fatuus, this lily of the desert?


  • Deserted thus by the ignis fatuus of youth, the collapse of the three old people is complete.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Lastly, the metaphysics, ethics, and politics of Aristotle, the frivolous distinctions, barbarous terms, and obscure language of the Schoolmen, taught in the universities (which have been all erected and regulated by the Pope's authority), serve them to keep these errors from being detected, and to make men mistake the ignis fatuus of vain philosophy for the light of the Gospel.


  • For as [2734] Sennertus contends out of Crato, there is seminarius ignis in this humour, the very seeds of fire.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Can a man, saith Solomon, 27, carry fire in his bosom and not burn? it will hardly be hid; though they do all they can to hide it, it must out, plus quam mille notis — it may be described, [5253] quoque magis tegitur, tectus magis aestuat ignis.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • 'Tis generally true; for as he observes, [5691] Priorem flammam novus ignis extrudit; et ea multorum natura, ut praesentes maxime ament, one fire drives out another; and such is women's weakness, that they love commonly him that is present.

    Anatomy of Melancholy


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