[ elv ]
/ ɛlv /
an extremely dim, flattened, expanding, reddish glow briefly seen over a thunderstorm, due to electromagnetic pulses from intense lightning.
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Examples from the Web for elve
Elve le corbeau, il te crvera les yeux—Bring 25 up a raven, he will pick out your eyes.
Elve in French means up aloft, and elve means frequently transported with excitement.Archaic England|Harold Bayley
Science definitions for elve
[ ĕlv ]
An extremely dim, short-lived, expanding disk of reddish light above thunderstorms, believed to be caused by electromagnetic pulses from intense lightning in the lower ionosphere. Elves last less than a second and can be as wide as 500 km (310 mi) in diameter.
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