- 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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But Llewelyn's foot was on the outward edge of the fairy-ring.
They hold their great balls in the open air, in what is called a fairy-ring.The Little White Bird
J. M. Barrie
In this way was recovered, after the expiration of a year and a day, a youth who had wandered into a fairy-ring.
The commonest fairy-ring fungus is Marasmius oreades, the fairy-ring champignon.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
The fairy-ring agaric is a valuable little fungus, and common on almost every lawn.Mushroom Culture
- 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