Fairy Fair"y, a. 1. Of or pertaining to fairies. [1913 Webster]

2. Given by fairies; as, fairy money. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Fairy bird} (Zo["o]l.), the Euoropean little tern ({Sterna minuta}); -- called also {sea swallow}, and {hooded tern}.

{Fairy bluebird}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Bluebird}.

{Fairy martin} (Zo["o]l.), a European swallow ({Hirrundo ariel}) that builds flask-shaped nests of mud on overhanging cliffs.

{Fairy rings} or {Fairy circles}, the circles formed in grassy lawns by certain fungi (as {Marasmius Oreades}), formerly supposed to be caused by fairies in their midnight dances; also, the mushrooms themselves. Such circles may have diameters larger than three meters.

{Fairy shrimp} (Zo["o]l.), a European fresh-water phyllopod crustacean ({Chirocephalus diaphanus}); -- so called from its delicate colors, transparency, and graceful motions. The name is sometimes applied to similar American species.

{Fairy stone} (Paleon.), an echinite. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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