Fairy rings

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the circles formed in grassy lawns by certain fungi (as Marasmius Oreades), formerly supposed to be caused by fairies in their midnight dances; also, the mushrooms themselves. Such circles may have diameters larger than three meters.

See also: Fairy

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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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.
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. There were thousands of little people looking on, but they were in shadow and drab in colour compared to the glorious creatures within that luminous circle who were so bewilderingly bright that Maimie had to wink hard all the time she looked at them.
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. Most gladsome sight of all, the Cupids plucked the hated fools' caps from their heads and cast them high in the air.
And, as we enter August, fairy rings will begin to appear in many of our woodlands.
There are fungal 'fairy rings' on the Lord's pitch, which may or may not have an impact on the first-ever Test played here in September, but the Yorkshireman wants his team to put them out of their mind and get the job done.
These very common, easy-to-recognize edible mushrooms include field mushrooms (Agaricus sps.), inky caps (Coprinus sps.), fairy rings (Marasmius oreades), chantrelles, Boletus edulis, chicken-of-the-woods, and a few others.
Ten chapters are: introduction: geographers at the beach; positivism: or, roughly, what you see is the knowledge you get; critical rationalism: learning from our mistakes; Marxism and critical realism: seeking what lies beneath; phenomenology and post-phenomenology: the essence of experience, or, seeing a shark is different from seeing a dolphin; social constructionism and feminism: itAEs all down to us; structuralism, poststructuralism and postmodernism: life at the surface; complexity theory: from butterfly wings to fairy rings; moral philosophy and ethics: right and wrong in geography; thinking, doing, constructing geography.
The area is prone to Fairy Rings made from a fungus or small flowers.
Nor with fairies, who in the old days got the blame for similar phenomena on land, the fairy rings in lawns being a well known example", biologists Marianne Holmer from University of Southern Denmark and Jens Borum from University of Copenhagen, said.
Tolkien's earliest such safe haven appeared in a 1915 poem "You & Me and the Cottage of Lost Play" where "down a warm and winding lane" dreaming children could be found tumbling, gardening, "dancing fairy rings / And weaving pearly daisy-strings, / Or chasing golden bees" (The Book of Lost Tales, Part One [BLTI] 28, 29).
Learn how to cook with wild mushrooms on Wales Fungus Day (October 13) when there'll be family activities and guided tours of fairy rings. While the weekend of October 19-10 is Apple Weekend, a harvest festival with displays, fun and games.
Hoops and crinoline World-surrounding hoop Fairy rings The jolly cooper (makes hoops) The furthest isles (at the perimeter of the flat, circular world) A girdle round the world Saturn (the ringed planet) Barrels worn by schoolgirls.