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fairy wand



[dev-uh lz-bit] /ˈdɛv əlzˌbɪt/
an eastern North American plant, Chamaelirium luteum, of the lily family, having a dense, drooping spike of small white flowers.
Also called fairy wand.
Origin of devil's-bit
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is a fairy wand of great fear, stronger than those who use it—often frightful, often wicked to use.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • Touch them with my fairy wand and turn them into a coachman and a footman.

  • I have only to wave my fairy wand three times and blow my magic whistle to arouse the whole village to activity.

    Dot and Tot of Merryland L. Frank Baum
  • She had no fairy wand to wave over them, but she waved a stick, and after waving it once the dogs were half-grown.

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales Clara Kern Bayliss
  • Instantly there was a flash as if a fairy wand had cleft the air.

  • She waved the fairy wand three times around her head and blew a shrill blast upon the magic whistle.

    Dot and Tot of Merryland L. Frank Baum
  • In the bright sunlight it sparkled with glints of gold as if a fairy wand had touched it.

  • She would gladly, at that moment, spend half her savings on refitting her house if some fairy wand could do it in a moment.

    An Old Maid Honore de Balzac
  • Also the fairy wand can do its work, the little dryad can come from the tree.

  • It really seemed now as though some fairy wand had been turned toward New York.

    The Story of Manhattan Charles Hemstreet

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