Fomorian


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Fo·mor·i·an

 (fə-môr′ē-ən)
n. Mythology
A member of a race of demigods who invaded and inhabited Ireland. They were defeated by the Tuatha Dé Danaan.

[From Irish Fomóir, alteration (influenced by mór, big) of Old Irish Fomoire; see mer- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.Fomorian - one of a group of Celtic sea demons sometimes associated with the hostile power of nature
Emerald Isle, Hibernia, Ireland - an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Celtic deity - a deity worshipped by the Celts
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