Brocken specter

noun
Brock·​en specter | \ ˈbräkən- \
variants: or Brocken bow

Definition of Brocken specter

: 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 sense 6a (3)

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History and Etymology for Brocken specter

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

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“Brocken specter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Brocken%20specter. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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