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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.]
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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
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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"
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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. 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.
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.
him, half a fairy ring builds with every sharp pull and
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.
Fimi notes similarities between "Goblin Feet" and George Cruikshank's 19th-century watercolor A Fantasy: The Fairy Ring, which depicts tiny fairies dancing around a toadstool, and a small black goblin riding a bat (14).
Quite a lot: in some parts of Europe, superstition held that the passing mortal who stepped inside a fairy ring would be punished with the loss of an eye, or be struck blind in both.
Jake Wells is working as a trainee press officer for the Government Department of Science, and is sent to cover a story about protests against a new University Science Block, on the grounds that there is a traditional 'fairy ring' on the site.