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Fairy Rings


Circles of rank or withered grass, often seen in lawns, meadows, and grass-plots. Said to be produced by the fairies dancing on the spot. In sober truth, these rings are simply an agʹaric or fungus below the surface, which has seeded in a circular range, as many plants do. Where the ring is brown and almost bare, the “spawn” is of a greyish-white colour. The grass dies because the spawn envelops the roots so as to prevent their absorbing moisture; but where the grass is rank the “spawn” is dead, and serves as manure to the young grass.

“You demi-puppets, that

By moonshine do the green-sour ringlets make,

Whereof the ewe not bites.”

Shakespeare: Tempest, v. 1.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Fairing (A)
Fairservice (Andrew)
Fairy Darts
Fairy Hillocks
Fairy Ladies
Fairy Land
Fairy Loaves or Fairy Stones
Fairy Money
Fairy Rings
Fairy Sparks
Fairy of the Mine
Fait Accompli (French)
Fakâr (Dhul)
Fakenham Ghost
Fakir (Indian)
Falcon and Falconet

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Fairy Rings