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St. Elmo's fire

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After St. Erasmus of Formiae, the patron saint of sailors, also known as St. Elmo.

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St. Elmo's fire (countable and uncountable, plural St. Elmo's fires)

  1. An electrical discharge, or corona, seen around pointed objects, caused by ionization of the atmosphere during storms.

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