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fairy ring

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • They hold their great balls in the open air, in what is called a fairy-ring.

    The Little White Bird J. M. Barrie
  • But Llewelyn's foot was on the outward edge of the fairy-ring.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • "Put your foot on mine, David," said he to me (his own foot was at the time on the outward edge of the fairy-ring).

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • The commonest fairy-ring fungus is Marasmius oreades, the fairy-ring champignon.

  • 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
  • The fairy-ring agaric is a valuable little fungus, and common on almost every lawn.

    Mushroom Culture W. Robinson
  • M. urens, the most acrid of all allied funguses, usually grows in woods, though sometimes in the fairy-ring.

    Mushroom Culture W. Robinson
  • A few miles from Alnwick is a fairy-ring, round which if people run more than nine times, some evil will befall them.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
British Dictionary definitions for fairy-ring

fairy ring

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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