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sídh

or shee

[shee] /ʃi/
noun, plural sídhe
[shee] /ʃi/ (Show IPA).
Irish Folklore.
1.
a mound or hill in which fairies live.
2.
a fairy.
3.
sídhe, the race of fairies.
Origin of sídh
1785-1795
1785-95; < Irish; MIr síd, síth fairy mound; cf. banshee
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  • In truth, I have never found the sidhe send omens to warriors; they rather bid them fly to herald our coming.

    Imaginations and Reveries (A.E.) George William Russell
  • To return, however, to the sidhe people of the British Islands.

    The Testimony of Tradition David MacRitchie
  • So by drawing upon these written records let us try to understand what sort of beings the sidhe were and are.

  • The sidhe have been, like the Angels, from before the making of the earth.

  • The celestial city is both like the Christian Heaven and the sidhe world.

  • These are the sidhe, or people of the hill, the noblest among these mysterious folk.

    Killarney Mary Gorges
  • But Lugh stopped near them for three days and three nights, and at the end of that time the Riders of the sidhe came to him.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
  • sidhe is also Gaelic for wind, and certainly the sidhe have much to do with the wind.

    The Wind Among the Reeds William Butler Yeats
  • And when Ailne saw that, she brought out an enchanted cup of the sidhe and gave her a drink from it.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
  • And after a while he went into a hill of the sidhe to be healed of his old wounds.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for sidhe

sidhe

/ʃiː; ˈʃiːdɪ/
plural noun the sidhe
1.
the inhabitants of fairyland; fairies
Word Origin
C18: from Irish Gaelic aos sídhe people of the fairy mound; compare banshee
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Word Origin and History for sidhe

Sidhe

"the hills of the fairies," 1793; but in Yeats, "the fairie folk" (1899), elipsis of Irish (aos) sidhe "people of the faerie mound" (cf. second element in banshee).

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