fairy ring

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noun
  1. 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

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First recorded in 1590–1600

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How to use fairy ring in a sentence

  • In this way was recovered, after the expiration of a year and a day, a youth who had wandered into a fairy-ring.

    The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • And evermore the circling hoursNew gifts of glory bring; We live and love like happy flowers,All in our fairy ring.

  • The commonest fairy-ring fungus is Marasmius oreades, the fairy-ring champignon.

  • This is a fairy ring of another type, and represents a very slow mode of travel.

    Seed Dispersal | William J. Beal
  • Cedric entered alone, and found the fairy ring far beyond anything he could have dreamed of.

    The Rainbow Book Tales of Fun & Fancy | Mabel Henriette Spielmann

British Dictionary definitions for fairy ring

fairy ring

noun
  1. 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

  2. short for fairy ring mushroom, Marasmius oreades, a dainty buff-coloured edible basidiomycetous fungus, characteristically forming rings in grassland

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