elve

noun
\ˈelv \
plural elves\ ˈelvz \

Definition of elve 

: a form of electrical discharge that is emitted upward from the top of a cumulonimbus cloud during a thunderstorm and that usually appears as a very short-lived reddish circle of light Elves” appear as rapidly expanding doughnuts of light that vanish in less than a millisecond. They most likely result when an electromagnetic pulse from an energetic cloud-to-ground lightning strike propagates into the ionosphere. While elves may accompany sprites, the mechanisms that create the two differ.— Stephen James O'Meara, Astronomy, June 2010

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1995, in the meaning defined above

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