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will-o'-the-wisp

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A delusive or misleading hope.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The ignis fatuus; hence, any person or thing that deludes or misleads by dazzling, visionary, or evanescent appearances. Also will-in-the-wisp, will-with-a-wisp, and Jack o' lantern.
  • noun A common fresh-water alga, Nostoc commune: so named from its sudden and seemingly mysterious appearance. See Nostoc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See ignis fatuus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of will o' the wisp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground
  • noun an illusion that misleads

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Will, nickname for William.]

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