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Examples from the Web for aurora borealis
Such kind of talk, wherever it may be, is only like the aurora-borealis, or like dissolving views which for the moment please.
British Dictionary definitions for aurora borealis
- (sometimes capital) the aurora seen around the North PoleAlso called: northern lights
C17: New Latin: northern aurora
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Word Origin and History for aurora borealis
1620s, "Northern Lights," literally "northern dawn," said to have been coined by French philosopher Petrus Gassendus (1592-1655) after a spectacular display seen in France Sept. 2, 1621; see aurora + boreal. In northern Scotland and among sailors, sometimes called the dancers or the merry dancers.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
aurora borealis in Culture
A display of colored lights in the sky, also called northern lights, caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. A similar display, called the aurora australis, occurs in the atmosphere above the South Pole.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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