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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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|Noun||1.||banshie - (Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death|
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
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