fairy ring
noun Etymology: from the folk belief that such rings were dancing places of the fairies Date: 1599 1. a ring of basidiomycetous mushrooms produced at the periphery of a body of mycelium which has grown outward from an initial growth point; also a ring of luxuriant vegetation especially when associated with these mushrooms 2. a mushroom (especially Marasmius oreades) that commonly grows in fairy rings

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  • fairy ring — any of numerous mushrooms of meadows and open woods, esp. the well known Marasmius oreades, that spread in rings originating from mycelial growth: formerly supposed to mark the paths laid by dancing fairies. [1590 1600] * * * ▪ mycology  a… …   Universalium

  • fairy ring — noun a ring of fungi marking the periphery of the perennial underground growth of the mycelium • Syn: ↑fairy circle • Hypernyms: ↑ring, ↑halo, ↑annulus, ↑doughnut, ↑anchor ring …   Useful english dictionary

  • fairy ring — noun a) A ring of fungi marking the periphery of the perennial underground growth of the mycelium. b) A mythical place where fairies are thought to congregate in a ring …   Wiktionary

  • fairy ring — noun a ring of grass that is darker in colour than the surrounding grass due to the growth of certain fungi, popularly believed to have been caused by fairies dancing …   English new terms dictionary

  • fairy ring — fair′y ring n. fng any of numerous mushrooms of meadows and open woods that spread in rings originating from mycelial growth …   From formal English to slang

  • fairy ring — /ˈfɛəri rɪŋ/ (say fairree ring) noun a circle formed on the grass in a field by the growth of certain fungi, formerly supposed to be caused by fairies in their dances …   Australian English dictionary

  • Fairy Ring —    Dark green circles of grass found in fields, meadows or lawns. Sometimes they are surrounded by a ring of mushrooms. These are the dancing places of fairies. To interfere with these places can cause a person to be struck blind or lame.… …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

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