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Puff-ball

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A sort of fungus. The word is a corruption of Puck or Pouk ball, anciently called Puck-fist. The Irish name is Pooka-foot. (Saxon, Pulkerfist, a toadstool.) Shakespeare alludes to this superstition when Prosʹpero summons amongst his elves

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“You whose pastime


Is to make midnight mushrooms.”


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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Public
Public-house Signs
Publicans of the New Testament
Pucelle (La)
Puck or Robin Goodfellow
Pucka
Pudding
Pudding-time
Pudens
Puff
Puff-ball
Puffed Up
Pug
Pugna Porcorum (Battle of the Pigs)
Puisne Judges
Pukwana (North American Indian)
Pull
Pull Bacon (To)
Pull Devil, Pull Baker
Pulling
Pumblechook (Uncle)