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ban·sheealso ban·shie (băn′shē)
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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(European Myth & Legend) (in Irish folklore) a female spirit whose wailing warns of impending death
[C18: from Irish Gaelic bean sídhe, literally: woman of the fairy mound]
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or ban•shie(ˈbæn ʃi, bænˈʃi)
(in Irish folklore) a spirit in the form of a wailing woman who appears to or is heard by members of a family as a sign that one of them is about to die.
[1765–75; < Irish bean sídhe literally, woman of a fairy mound; see sídh]
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An Irish word meaning woman of the fairies, used to mean a female spirit whose wail is a portent of death.
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