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Fomorian

[foh-mawr-ee-uh n]
noun Irish Legend.
  1. one of a race of pirates or sea demons who raided and pillaged Ireland but were finally defeated: sometimes associated with the hostile powers of nature.
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Also Fo·mor [foh-mawr] /ˈfoʊ mɔr/.
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Historical Examples of fomorian

  • Then they called him "a Fomorian, and no man," and perforce made their circle wider.

    The Coming of Cuculain

    Standish O'Grady

  • They seemed a resplendent Fomorian phantom against the stars.

    The Coming of Cuculain

    Standish O'Grady

  • Shapes of Death and Horror, Fomorian apparitions, guarded the entrance.

    The Coming of Cuculain

    Standish O'Grady

  • In the dim days of Fomorian and Firbolg, and for ages after, Erin was a land of forests, full of wild cattle and deer and wolves.

  • His father, Elatha, was a Fomorian sea-king or pirate, and he repaired to his court.


Word Origin and History for fomorian

Fomorian

pertaining to the monstrous race in Irish mythology, 1876, from Irish fomor "pirate, monster," from fo "under" + mor "sea." Cognate with Gaelic famhair.

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