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fairy ring


Definition of fairy ring

  1. 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. 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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a timid, meek, or unassertive person

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