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Feʹnians

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An anti-British association of disaffected Irishmen, called the Fenian Brotherhood, after the ancient Fenians of Ireland; formed in New York, in 1857, to overthrow the domination of England in Ireland, and make Ireland a republic. The word means a hunter—Gaelic, fianna, from feadhach (pronounced fee-agh), a hunt. Before the Germanic invasion, a Celtic race so called occupied not only parts of Ireland and Scotland, but also the north of Germany and the Scandinavian shores. Oisin (Ossian) refers to them, and one passage is thus rendered in The Antiquary:Do you compare your psalms to the tales of the barearmed Fenians?” Oisin was the grandson of Fionn, the “fair-haired righ (chief) of the Fenians,” and all the high officers of this volunteer association were men of rank. It appears that the Fenians of Ireland (Eirin), Scotland (Alba), England (Socring), and Scandinavia, had a great civil battle at Gabhra, in Ireland, and extirpated each other. Oisin alone escaped, and he had slain “twice fifty men with his own hand.” In the great Fenian outbreak of Ireland in 1865, etc., the leaders were termed “head centres,” and their subordinates “centres.” (See Clan-na-Gael.)

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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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Felo de Se
Feme-covert
Feme-sole
Femme de Chambre. (French.)
Femynye
Fen Nightingale
Fence Month
Fenchurch Street (London)
Fencible Regiments
Fenella
Fenians
Fennel
Fenrir or Fenris
Fenton
Feræ Naturæ
Feramorz
Ferdinand
Ferdinando
Ferdosi
Ferguson
Fern

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