Phe*nom"e*non (?), n.; pl. Phenomena (#). [L. phaenomenon, Gr. φαινομενον, fr. φαινεσθαι to appear, φαινειν to show. See Phantom.]


An appearance; anything visible; whatever, in matter or spirit, is apparent to, or is apprehended by, observation; as, the phenomena of heat, light, or electricity; phenomena of imagination or memory.

In the phenomena of the material world, and in many of the phenomena of mind. Stewart.


That which strikes one as strange, unusual, or unaccountable; an extraordinary or very remarkable person, thing, or occurrence; as, a musical phenomenon.


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