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banshee


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Banshee  \Ban"shee\,  Banshie  \Ban"shie\,  n.  [Gael.  bean-shith 
  fairy;  Gael.  &  Ir  bean  woman  +  Gael.  sith  fairy.] 
  A  supernatural  being  supposed  by  the  Irish  and  Scotch 
  peasantry  to  warn  a  family  of  the  speedy  death  of  one  of  its 
  members,  by  wailing  or  singing  in  a  mournful  voice  under  the 
  windows  of  the  house. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  banshee 
  n  :  (Irish  folklore)  a  female  spirit  who  wails  to  warn  of 
  impending  death 




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