fairy ring

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fairy ring

noun

Definition of FAIRY RING

1
:  a ring of basidiomycetous mushrooms produced at the periphery of a body of mycelium which has grown outward from an initial growth point; also :  a ring of luxuriant vegetation especially when associated with these mushrooms
2
:  a mushroom (especially Marasmius oreades) that commonly grows in fairy rings

Origin of FAIRY RING

from the folk belief that such rings were dancing places of the fairies
First Known Use: 1599

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