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fairy ring

any of numerous mushrooms of meadows and open woods, especially the well-known Marasmius oreades, that spread in rings originating from mycelial growth: formerly supposed to mark the paths laid by dancing fairies.
Origin of fairy ring
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • By the fairy ring, I take it; for there the best flowers grow.

    The Buccaneer Mrs. S. C. Hall
  • On Christmas morning he placed the fairy ring on his finger and spoke his wish.

  • And was the fairy ring in the church-yard made of all my family?

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
  • Fiona took the feather in her hand and stood in the fairy ring.

  • So Fiona passed through the grove and came out on a broad place of grass, and right before her stood the fairy ring.

  • He now rose and held out his sceptre, and there was a great silence round the fairy ring.

  • The moonlight was streaming down in a silvery flood through the trees and the bit of green meadow glowed like a fairy ring.


    George Looms
  • His head lay on the inner curve of the fairy ring, with his feet in the centre.

    Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks William Elliot Griffis
  • And evermore the circling hoursNew gifts of glory bring; We live and love like happy flowers,All in our fairy ring.

  • But the farmer's son was not totally without prudence, and he took good care to keep at a safe distance from the fairy ring.

    Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales

    Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
British Dictionary definitions for fairy ring

fairy ring

a ring of dark luxuriant vegetation in grassy ground corresponding to the edge of an underground fungal mycelium: popularly associated with the dancing of fairies: seasonally marked by a ring of mushrooms
short for fairy ring mushroom, Marasmius oreades, a dainty buff-coloured edible basidiomycetous fungus, characteristically forming rings in grassland
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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