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 for Phenomenon
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Phenomenon \Phe*nom"e*non\, n.; pl. Phenomena. [L.
     phaenomenon, Gr. faino`menon, fr. fai`nesqai to appear,
     fai`nein to show. See Phantom.]
     1. 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.
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              In the phenomena of the material world, and in many
              of the phenomena of mind.             --Stewart.
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     2. 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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any state or process known through the senses rather than
           by intuition or reasoning
      2: a remarkable development

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  58 Moby Thesaurus words for "phenomenon":
     abnormality, actuality, adventure, amazement, anomaly, apparition,
     appearance, astonishing thing, astonishment, circumstance,
     curiosity, episode, event, exception, experience, fact,
     false image, figure, form, gazingstock, hap, happening,
     happenstance, image, incident, marvel, marvelment, matter of fact,
     miracle, mirage, nonesuch, occasion, occurrence, paradox,
     particular, peculiarity, phantom, phasm, portent, presence,
     prodigy, quite a thing, rarity, reality, sensation, shape, sight,
     singularity, something else, spectacle, stunner, turn of events,
     uniqueness, unusualness, vision, wonder, wonderful thing,

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