fairy ring

fair·y ring
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fair-ee ring]
    • /ˈfɛər i rɪŋ/
    • /ˈfeə.ri rɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fair-ee ring]
    • /ˈfɛər i rɪŋ/

Definitions of fairy ring words

  • noun fairy ring any of numerous mushrooms of meadows and open woods, especially the well-known Marasmius oreades, that spread in rings originating from mycelial growth: formerly supposed to mark the paths laid by dancing fairies. 1
  • noun fairy ring 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 0
  • noun fairy ring short for fairy ring mushroom, Marasmius oreades, a dainty buff-coloured edible basidiomycetous fungus, characteristically forming rings in grassland 0
  • noun fairy ring a circle of mushrooms often seen on grassy ground, originating from one initial mycelium and often accompanied by a circle of darker grass 0
  • noun fairy ring A ring of fungi marking the periphery of the perennial underground growth of the mycelium. 0
  • noun fairy ring (mythology) A mythical place where fairies are thought to congregate in a ring. 0

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Origin of fairy ring

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
First recorded in 1590-1600

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Parts of speech for Fairy ring


fairy ring popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 43% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 53% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fairy ring usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fairy ring

noun fairy ring

  • inner circle — a small, intimate, and often influential group of people.
  • in-crowd — in-group (def 1).
  • in-group — a narrow exclusive group; clique.
  • magic circle — the British association of magicians, traditionally forbidden to reveal any of the secrets of their art

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