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Pixʹies (2 syl.)

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The Devonshire Robin Goodfellows; said to be the spirits of infants who have died before baptism. The Pixy monarch holds his court like Titania, and sends his subjects on their several tasks. The word is a diminutive of Pix, probably the same as Puck. (Swedish, pyke; old English, pouk, bug, bogie; Danish, pog and pokker.)

“Ne let the pouke nor other evil sprites …

Fray us with things that be not.”


Spenser: Epithalamion.

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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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Pitch into Him
Pitcher
Pitchers
Pithos
Pitri (plur. Pitaras)
Pitt Diamond or The Regent
Pitt’s Mark
Pitt’s Pictures or Billy Pitt’s Pictures
Pittacus (Greek, Pittakos)
Pittance
Pixies
Pixy-led (Devonshire), Poake-ledden (Worcestershire)
Place aux Dames
Placebo
Plagiarist
Plain (The)
Plain Dealer (The)
Plan of Campaign (The)
Planets
Planet-struck
Plank (A)

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Pixies