fairy


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fairy \Fair"y\, a.
   1. Of or pertaining to fairies.
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   2. Given by fairies; as, fairy money. --Dryden.
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   Fairy bird (Zool.), the Euoropean little tern ({Sterna
      minuta}); -- called also sea swallow, and hooded tern.
      

   Fairy bluebird. (Zool.) See under Bluebird.

   Fairy martin (Zool.), a European swallow (Hirrundo ariel)
      that builds flask-shaped nests of mud on overhanging
      cliffs.

   Fairy rings or Fairy circles, the circles formed in
      grassy lawns by certain fungi (as Marasmius Oreades),
      formerly supposed to be caused by fairies in their
      midnight dances; also, the mushrooms themselves. Such
      circles may have diameters larger than three meters.

   Fairy shrimp (Zool.), a European fresh-water phyllopod
      crustacean (Chirocephalus diaphanus); -- so called from
      its delicate colors, transparency, and graceful motions.
      The name is sometimes applied to similar American species.
      

   Fairy stone (Paleon.), an echinite.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fairy \Fair"y\, n.; pl. Fairies. [OE. fairie, faierie,
   enchantment, fairy folk, fairy, OF. faerie enchantment, F.
   f['e]er, fr. LL. Fata one of the goddesses of fate. See
   Fate, and cf. Fay a fairy.] [Written also fa["e]ry.]
   1. Enchantment; illusion. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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            The God of her has made an end,
            And fro this worlde's fairy
            Hath taken her into company.          --Gower.
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   2. The country of the fays; land of illusions. [Obs.]
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            He [Arthur] is a king y-crowned in Fairy. --Lydgate.
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   3. An imaginary supernatural being or spirit, supposed to
      assume a human form (usually diminutive), either male or
      female, and to meddle for good or evil in the affairs of
      mankind; a fay. See Elf, and Demon.
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            The fourth kind of spirit [is] called the Fairy.
                                                  --K. James.
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            And now about the caldron sing,
            Like elves and fairies in a ring.     --Shak.
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   5. An enchantress. [Obs.] --Shak.
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   Fairy of the mine, an imaginary being supposed to inhabit
      mines, etc. German folklore tells of two species; one
      fierce and malevolent, the other gentle, See Kobold.
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            No goblin or swart fairy of the mine
            Hath hurtful power over true virginity. --Milton.
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