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

First Known Use of Saint Elmo's fire

1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Saint Elmo's fire

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

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