aurora borealis

noun
aurora bo·​re·​al·​is | \ -ˌbȯr-ē-ˈa-ləs How to pronounce aurora borealis (audio) \

Definition of aurora borealis

: an aurora that occurs in earth's northern hemisphere

called also northern lights

Examples of aurora borealis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Catching the northern lights, or aurora borealis, used to be a chance occasion, a rare fluke for those lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 15 Apr. 2022 The sight of the aurora borealis flickering through the sky and bouncing off snow and ice — not to mention one highly memorable UFO sighting. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 Makeup artist William Scott showed off their skills on themselves, creating an aurora borealis eye moment of shimmering turquoises and purples. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 12 June 2022 The wave-like appearance of the exterior was inspired by the aurora borealis, which are a common sight above Nuuk in the long nights of winter. David Nikel, Forbes, 14 May 2022 While the aurora borealis usually dances yellow and green ribbons across the sky, the red sky occurs at much higher altitudes. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 1 Nov. 2021 So, a few extra electrons make it into the atmosphere and possibly make more aurora borealis. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 1 Apr. 2022 Folks across the far northern U.S. could have a treat Wednesday night: the appearance of the aurora borealis, aka northern lights, in the night sky. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 Just as with the aurora borealis, the conditions have to be perfect for proper napping to occur. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of aurora borealis

1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aurora borealis

New Latin, literally, northern dawn

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6 Aug 2022

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“Aurora borealis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aurora%20borealis. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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aurora borealis

noun
au·​ro·​ra bo·​re·​al·​is | \ ə-ˌrȯr-ə-ˌbȯr-ē-ˈa-ləs How to pronounce aurora borealis (audio) \

Kids Definition of aurora borealis

: broad bands of light that have a magnetic and electrical source and that appear in the sky at night especially in the arctic regions

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