banshie


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ban·shee

also ban·shie  (băn′shē)
n.
A female spirit in Gaelic folklore believed to presage, by wailing, a death in a family.

[Irish Gaelic bean sídhe, woman of the fairies, banshee : bean, woman (from Old Irish ben; see gwen- in Indo-European roots) + sídhe, fairy (from Old Irish síde, genitive of síd, fairy mound; see sed- in Indo-European roots).]
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Noun1.banshie - (Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending deathbanshie - (Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
Emerald Isle, Hibernia, Ireland - an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
disembodied spirit, spirit - any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
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