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 ?
The light, which was as high as your head above the ground, was composed of myriads of glow-worms all holding on to each other, and so forming a dazzling canopy over the fairy ring.
Trumpets brayed, the moon came out, and immediately a thousand couples seized hold of its rays as if they were ribbons in a May dance and waltzed in wild abandon round the fairy ring.
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.
Look out for chanterelles, porcini, fairy ring, chicken of the woods, hedgehog, puffballs and morels, which are at their best at this time of year.
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.
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.