Fair-star to Fairy Rings
Fair-star The Princess Fair-star, in love with Prince Chery, whom she sets to obtain for her "the dancing
water," "the singing apple," and "the green bird" (q.v.). This tale is borrowed from the fairy tales of Straparola
the Milanese. (1550.) Chery and Fair-star, by the Countess d'Aulnoy.
Fair Trade Smuggling.
"Neither Dirk Hatteraick nor any of his sailors, all well known men in the fair trade, were again seen
upon that coast." - Sir Walter Scott: Guy Mannering, chap. x. Latterly the phrase has been introduced
into politics to signify reciprocity of protection or free-trade. That is, free-trade to those nations that grant
free-trade to us, and vice versa.
Fair Way In a fair way. On the right tack. The "fair way" is the proper track through a channel.
Fair and Square Honestly, justly, with straightforwardness.
Fair fall you Good befall you.
Fair Play is a Jewel As a jewel is an ornament of beauty and value, so fair play is an honourable thing
and a "jewel in the crown" of the player.
Fairies good and bad.
AFREET or EFREET, one of the Jinn tribe, of which there are five. (See Story
of the Second Calendar.)
APPARITION. A ghost.
ARIEL. (See Ariel.)
BANSHEE or BENSHEE, an Irish
fairy attached to a house. (See Banshee.)
BOGGART. (Scotch.) A local hobgoblin or spirit.
BOGLE, a bugbear (Scotch form of bug). (See Bogie.)
BROWNIE, a Scotch domestic fairy; the servants' friend
if well treated. (See Brownie.)
BUG or BUGBEAR, any imaginary thing that frightens a person. (Welsh,
bwg. (See Bug.)
CAULD LAD (The), the Brownie of Hilton Hall. (See Cauld Lad.)
DJINN, JIN, or GINN
DUENDE (3 syl.), a Spanish house-spirit.(See Duende.)
DWARF, a diminutive
being, human or superhuman. (Anglo-Saxon, dweorg.)
DWERGER, DWERGUGH, or DUERGAR, Gotho-
German dwarfs, dwelling in rocks and hills. (Anglo-Saxon,dweorgh.)
ELF (plu. ELVES), fairies of diminutive
size, supposed to be fond of practical jokes. (Anglo-Saxon, ælf. (See Elf.)
ELLE-MAID or ELLE-WOMAN,
ELLE-FOLK, of Scandinavia.
ESPRIT FOLLET, the house-spirit of France.
FAIRY or FAERIE (plu. FAIRIES),
a supernatural being, fond of pranks, but generally pleasing. (German and French, fee.)
an evil spirit attendant on witches, etc. (See Familiar.)
FATA, an Italian fay, or white lady.
three spirits (Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos) which preside over the destiny of every individual. (Latin,
FAY (plu. FAYS), same as Fairy (q.v..)
FEAR DEARG (The), i.e. Red Man. A house-spirit of Munster.
(plu.). The sing. genie and genius. Eastern spirits, whether good or bad, who preside over a man or
nation. "He is my evil [or good] genius." (Latin, genius.) (See Genius.)
GHOST, the immaterial body or
noumenon of a human being. Supposed to be free to visit the earth at night-time, but obliged to return
to its Hades at the first dawn.
GHOUL, a demon that feeds on the dead. (Persian.)
GNOME (1 syl.), the
guardian of mines, quarries, etc. (Greek, gnwmh a Cabalistic being.) (See Gnomes.)
GOBLIN or HOBGOBLIN,
a phantom spirit. (French, gobelin; German, kobold.)
GOOD FOLK (The). The Brownies or house-
GUARDIAN-ANGEL, an angelic spirit which presides over the destiny of each individual.
queen of the White Ladies.
HAG (A), a female fury. Milton (Comus 445) speaks of "blue meagre hags."
a wood-nymph. Each tree has its own wood-nymph, who dies when the tree dies.
above, GOBLIN.) Hob is Robin, as Hodge is Roger.
HORNS or HORNIE, the Devil. (See Hornie.)
a puny demon or spirit of mischief. (Welsh, imp.)
JACK-A-LANTERN, a bog or marsh spirit who delights
JINN or GINN. (See Jinn.) These Arabian spirits were formed of "smokeless fire."
(2 syl.). In Scotland, an imaginary spirit of the waters in the form of a horse. (See Kelpie.)
a German household goblin, also frequenting mines. (German, kobold.) (See Kobold.)
LAMIÆ), a hag or demon. Keats's Lamia is a serpent which had assumed the form of a beautiful woman,
beloved by a young man, and gets a soul. (Latin, Lamia.) (See Lamies.)
LAMIES, African spectres,
having the head of a woman and tail of a serpent. (See Lamia.)
LAR (plu. LARES) (2 syl.), Latin household
deities. (See Lares.)
LEPRECHAUN, a fairy shoemaker.
MAB, the faries' midwife. Sometimes incorrectly
called queen of the fairies. (Welsh, mab.) (See Mab.)
MANDRAKE. (See Mandrake.)