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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fairy  \Fair"y\,  n.;  pl  {Fairies}.  [OE.  fairie,  faierie, 
  enchantment,  fairy  folk,  fairy,  OF  faerie  enchantment,  F. 
  f['e]er,  fr  LL  Fata  one  of  the  goddesses  of  fate.  See 
  {Fate},  and  cf  {Fay}  a  fairy.]  [Written  also  {fa["e]ry}.] 
  1.  Enchantment;  illusion.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  The  God  of  her  has  made  an  end  And  fro  this 
  worlde's  fairy  Hath  taken  her  into  company.  --Gower. 
 
  2.  The  country  of  the  fays;  land  of  illusions.  [Obs.] 
 
  He  [Arthur]  is  a  king  y-crowned  in  Fairy.  --Lydgate. 
 
  3.  An  imaginary  supernatural  being  or  spirit,  supposed  to 
  assume  a  human  form  (usually  diminutive),  either  male  or 
  female,  and  to  meddle  for  good  or  evil  in  the  affairs  of 
  mankind;  a  fay.  See  {Elf},  and  {Demon}. 
 
  The  fourth  kind  of  spirit  [is]  called  the  Fairy. 
  --K.  James. 
 
  And  now  about  the  caldron  sing,  Like  elves  and 
  fairies  in  a  ring.  --Shak. 
 
  5.  An  enchantress.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  {Fairy  of  the  mine},  an  imaginary  being  supposed  to  inhabit 
  mines,  etc  German  folklore  tells  of  two  species;  one 
  fierce  and  malevolent,  the  other  gentle,  See  {Kobold}. 
 
  No  goblin  or  swart  fairy  of  the  mine  Hath  hurtful 
  power  over  true  virginity.  --Milton. 




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