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A will-o'-the-wisp ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}), will-o'-wisp ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}), or ignis fatuus ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; Medieval Latin: "foolish fire") is an atmospheric ghost light seen by travellers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached, drawing travellers from the safe paths. The phenomenon is known by a variety of names, including jack-o'-lantern, friar's lantern, hinkypunk, and hobby lantern in English<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> folk belief, well attested in English folklore and in much of European folklore.


Will-o'-the-wisp sections
Intro  Etymology  Folklore  Attempted scientific explanations  In literature  In music  Visual media  Reported light locations  Notes  References  External links  

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