Fairies
Fairy Fair"y, n.; pl. {Fairies}. [OE. fairie, faierie, enchantment, fairy folk, fairy, OF. faerie enchantment, F. f['e]er, fr. LL. Fata one of the goddesses of fate. See {Fate}, and cf. {Fay} a fairy.] [Written also {fa["e]ry}.] 1. Enchantment; illusion. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The God of her has made an end, And fro this worlde's fairy Hath taken her into company. --Gower. [1913 Webster]

2. The country of the fays; land of illusions. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He [Arthur] is a king y-crowned in Fairy. --Lydgate. [1913 Webster]

3. An imaginary supernatural being or spirit, supposed to assume a human form (usually diminutive), either male or female, and to meddle for good or evil in the affairs of mankind; a fay. See {Elf}, and {Demon}. [1913 Webster]

The fourth kind of spirit [is] called the Fairy. --K. James. [1913 Webster]

And now about the caldron sing, Like elves and fairies in a ring. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. An enchantress. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Fairy of the mine}, an imaginary being supposed to inhabit mines, etc. German folklore tells of two species; one fierce and malevolent, the other gentle, See {Kobold}. [1913 Webster]

No goblin or swart fairy of the mine Hath hurtful power over true virginity. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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