One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An experience or phenomenon resembling or imitating a hallucination, especially an isolated, brief, and vivid sensory experience, commonly auditory or visual, occurring in the absence of any external stimulus and recognized by the subject as illusory.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Journal of Psychology. From pseudo- + hallucination, after German † Pseudo-Hallucination.
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