Brocken specter

noun Brock·en specter \ˈbräkən-\
variants: or

Brocken bow

Definition of Brocken specter

  1. :  an optical phenomenon sometimes seen from the summit of mountains or from an aircraft when the observer is between the sun and a mass of cloud, the figures of the observer and surrounding objects being seen projected on the cloud much enlarged and often encircled by rainbow colors — compare glory 6a (3)

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Origin and Etymology of brocken specter

from Brocken, peak in the Harz mountains, Germany; Brocken specter, translation of German Brockengespenst


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