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[ban-shee, ban-shee] /ˈbæn ʃi, bænˈʃi/
(in Irish folklore) a spirit in the form of a wailing woman who appears to or is heard by members of a family as a sign that one of them is about to die.
Origin of banshee
1765-75; < Irish bean sīdhe woman of a fairy mound; see sídh Unabridged
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/ˈbænʃiː; bænˈʃiː/
(in Irish folklore) a female spirit whose wailing warns of impending death
Word Origin
C18: from Irish Gaelic bean sídhe, literally: woman of the fairy mound
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Word Origin and History for banshee

1771, from phonetic spelling of Irish bean sidhe "female of the Elves," from bean "woman" (from PIE *gwen-; see queen) + sidhe, from sith "fairy" or sid "fairy mound." Specifically, one who calls to the spirits of the dead.

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