Fairy rings

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fairy rings the circles formed in grassy lawns by certain fungi (as Marasmius Oreades), formerly supposed to be caused by fairies in their midnight dances; also, the mushrooms themselves. Such circles may have diameters larger than three meters.
    • ***

Usage

In literature:

HOW GRUFFANUFF PICKED THE FAIRY RING UP, AND PRINCE BULBO CAME TO COURT.
"The Christmas Books" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Do go and see if there is a fairy ring in the meadow, then I shall be sure they did!
"The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII, No. 355, October 16, 1886" by Various
Many fairy rings have lasted for years and are very old.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
It set the Fairy Bells ringing in the deep woods of his far-away Mississippi home.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Run round a fairy ring twice on Easter Sunday morning, and fairies will arise and follow you.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
To Dan and Una, sitting, on Midsummer's Eve, in the old fairy ring, appears Puck.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
Here and there in a deep pit among the tumbled grey rocks would be a little vivid green dell, with a fairy ring of cultivated vegetation.
"My Friend the Chauffeur" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
I wish you were in the fairy ring.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
But Llewelyn's foot was on the outward edge of the fairy-ring.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
These are known as fairy rings.
"Seed Dispersal" by William J. Beal
***

In poetry:

The bobolinks at noonday sing
More softly than the softest flute,
And lightlier than the lightest lute
Their fairy tambours ring.
"In May" by Archibald Lampman
I. Return, ye fairy dreams of promis'd joy,
My youthful fancy's flatt'ring pencil drew,
Nor suffer time your visions to destroy,
Nor strike the bright tints from my raptur'd view.
"Effusion" by Sydney Owenson
Hark! The dazzled laverock climbs the golden steep!
Marian is waiting: is Robin Hood asleep?
Round the fairy grass-rings frolic elf and fay,
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.
"A Song of Sherwood" by Alfred Noyes
'Tis when some ling'ring stars scarce shed O'er the mist-clad mountain's head
Their fairy beam;
Then one by one, retiring, shroud,
Dim glitt'ring through a fleecy cloud,
Their last faint gleam.
"Dawn" by Sydney Owenson
White moons may come, white moons may go,
She sleeps where wildwood blossoms blow;
Cares naught for fairy fern or weed,
White wand'rings of the plumy seed,
Of hart or hind she takes no heed;
Alas! her head lies low!
"A Lament" by Madison Julius Cawein
When round the quiv'ring moon-beams play,
And FAIRIES form the grassy ring,
'Till the shrill LARK unfurls his wing, And soars to greet the blushing day;
The NIGHTINGALE shall pour to THEE,
Her Song of Love-lorn Melody.
"Stanzas Written under an Oak in Windsor Forest" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

Here are a few quick tips from Springhill Sod Farm to help avoid fairy rings in your lawn.
To get rid of fairy rings in your lawn, try more frequent, light fertilizing to keep everything green.
Purity Ring's Megan James on macabre lyrics, fairy tales, and not having a favorite band.
All fairy tales have their dark spaces, and Purity Ring 's dedication to that principle is what makes their pop most enticing.
"He leads a pretty charmed life," concedes Alexia Kondylis, a designer whose backstory has a distinct fairy-tale ring of its own.
***