Mountain specter
Mountain specter Moun"tain spec"ter An optical phenomenon sometimes seen on the summit of mountains (as on the Brocken) when the observer is between the sun and a mass of cloud. The figures of the observer and surrounding objects are seen projected on the cloud, greatly enlarged and often encircled by rainbow colors. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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