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fairy ring

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
1590-1600
1590-1600
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  • But friendship is not usually born from a single business interview; nor is it born perfect, like a fairy ring, over night.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
  • By the fairy ring, I take it; for there the best flowers grow.

    The Buccaneer Mrs. S. C. Hall
  • The next moment I heard another sigh, and this seemed to come from a frond of bracken just outside the fairy ring.

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

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
  • On Christmas morning he placed the fairy ring on his finger and spoke his wish.

  • 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.

    Stubble 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
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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