In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(light)fuego fatuo masculine
- When lit, the cloth can be made to dance like a will-o'-the-wisp in the dark - a stunt that would definitely not amuse a modern fire marshal.
- I saw it now, a dull orange will-o'-the-wisp bobbing and winking through the trees.
- Pale blue light, the colour of Egewe's hair or a will-o'-the-wisp, filled the room.
2(sth elusive)quimera feminine
- As the years passed, he became even more of a will-o'-the-wisp; not to be pinned down; difficult to track.
- And yet if a writer succeeds in catching the will-o'-the-wisp she will go on existing, elusive and transformed, in the character she has created.
- She strained ever harder, blocking out all distractions, chasing a will-o'-the-wisp through uncharted paths in her own mind.
- When confronted by the sacraments crisis, Louis XV had tried desperately to avoid treading on clerical toes and had pursued the will-o'-the-wisp of a ‘third way’ that could unite moderates against the fanatics on both sides.
- He was a will-o'-the-wisp, more of a concept than a man.
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