Saint Elmo's fire

noun Saint El·mo's fire \ ˈsānt-ˈel-(ˌ)mōz- \

Definition of Saint Elmo's fire

:a flaming phenomenon sometimes seen in stormy weather at prominent points on an airplane or ship and on land that is of the nature of a brush discharge of electricity called also Saint Elmo's light

Origin and Etymology of saint elmo's fire

St. Elmo (Erasmus) †303 Italian bishop & patron saint of sailors


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