Ignis fatuus

Definition of Ignis fatuus

Ig´nis fat´u`us
1.A phosphorescent light that appears, in the night, over marshy ground, supposed to be occasioned by the decomposition of animal or vegetable substances, or by some inflammable gas; - popularly called also Will-with-the-wisp, or Will-o'-the-wisp, and Jack-with-a-lantern, or Jack-o'-lantern.
2.Fig.: A misleading influence; a decoy.
Scared and guided by the ignis fatuus of popular superstition.
- Jer. Taylor.

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