fairy ring


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fairy ring

n.
A circle of mushrooms in a grassy area, marking the periphery of perennial underground mycelial growth.

[From the belief that it is a dancing place for fairies.]

fairy ring

n
1. (Botany) a ring of dark luxuriant vegetation in grassy ground corresponding to the edge of an underground fungal mycelium: popularly associated with the dancing of fairies: seasonally marked by a ring of mushrooms
2. (Botany) short for fairy ring mushroom, Marasmius oreades, a dainty buff-coloured edible basidiomycetous fungus, characteristically forming rings in grassland

fair′y ring`


n.
any of numerous mushrooms of meadows and open woods that spread in rings originating from mycelial growth.
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Noun1.fairy ring - a ring of fungi marking the periphery of the perennial underground growth of the mycelium
anchor ring, annulus, doughnut, halo, ring - a toroidal shape; "a ring of ships in the harbor"; "a halo of smoke"
References in classic literature ?
When she began to dance, by way of showing the gossoons what she had seen in the fairy rings at night, the house broke into a prolonged uproar.
As they gather soft white daises, to make a daisy chain, To dance around a fairy ring, till night time comes again.
The 20ft brick base was found when the Freshfields estate was being built on the former Open Air school site, it formed a giant fairy ring of grass and daisies.
Hostesses may choose to throw a Genie Dreams party, Bollywood Bash, Island Hukilau, Flapper Fete, Mermaid Dip & Dive, Pin-Up Play Date, Moulin Rouge Spectacular, Charm Class, Fairy Ring Roundup or a number of other whimsical offerings.
And to this day, if you find a hawthorn tree, you might see the king's fairy ring circling around it.
Fimi notes similarities between "Goblin Feet" and George Cruikshank's 19th-century watercolor A Fantasy: The Fairy Ring, which depicts tiny fairies dancing around a toadstool, and a small black goblin riding a bat (14).
In nature, an actual fairy ring refers to a circle of unusually lush grass-growth in a field, caused by a fungus.
The mushrooms, spread in a wide fairy ring, are featured in different stages of their life cycle.
There are a number of different fungi that cause the fairy ring symptom, including probably the commonest Marasmius oreades as well as Hygrocybe species and Clitocybe species.
Creating a Forest School with bird boxes and a fairy ring was on the agenda at Saltney Ferry Primary School, Flintshire, as well as building a shed, sand pit and a water feature powered by a solar panel.
There are holiday snaps of me tree-hugging a turbine, posing in a fairy ring of great white obelisks and turning cartwheels as I imitate their endless rotations.
Almost 40 years later, it still gives me a thrill of astonished wonder that a wild animal would, for a few moments, invite me through the fairy ring into his world, just for fun.