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Elf vs. Fairy

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Elfnoun

(Norse mythology) A luminous spirit presiding over nature and fertility and dwelling in the world of Álfheim (Elfland). Compare angel, nymph, fairy.

Fairynoun

The realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.

Elfnoun

Any from a race of mythical, supernatural beings resembling but seen as distinct from human beings. They are usually delicate-featured and skilled in magic or spellcrafting; sometimes depicted as clashing with dwarves, especially in modern fantasy literature.

Fairynoun

A mythical being with magical powers, known in many sizes and descriptions, although often depicted in modern illustrations only as a small sprite with gauze-like wings, and revered in some modern forms of paganism.

Elfnoun

(fantasy) Any of the magical, typically forest-guarding races bearing some similarities to the Norse álfar (through Tolkien's Eldar).

Fairynoun

An enchantress, or creature of overpowering charm.

Elfnoun

A very diminutive person; a dwarf.

Fairynoun

A male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.

Elfverb

To twist into elflocks (of hair); to mat.

Fairynoun

A member of two species of hummingbird in the genus Heliothryx.

Elfnoun

An imaginary supernatural being, commonly a little sprite, much like a fairy; a mythological diminutive spirit, supposed to haunt hills and wild places, and generally represented as delighting in mischievous tricks.

‘Every elf, and fairy sprite,Hop as light as bird from brier.’;

Fairyadjective

Like a fairy; fanciful, whimsical, delicate.

Elfnoun

A very diminutive person; a dwarf.

Fairynoun

Enchantment; illusion.

‘The God of her has made an end,And fro this worlde's fairyHath taken her into company.’;

Elfverb

To entangle mischievously, as an elf might do.

‘Elf all my hair in knots.’;

Fairynoun

The country of the fays; land of illusions.

‘He [Arthur] is a king y-crowned in Fairy.’;

Elfnoun

(folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous

Fairynoun

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.’; ‘And now about the caldron sing,Like elves and fairies in a ring.’;

Elfnoun

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Fairynoun

An enchantress.

‘No goblin or swart fairy of the mineHath hurtful power over true virginity.’;

Elf

An elf (plural: elves) is a type of humanoid supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore (especially North Germanic mythology and folklore). In medieval Germanic-speaking cultures, elves generally seem to have been thought of as beings with magical powers and supernatural beauty, ambivalent towards everyday people and capable of either helping or hindering them.

Fairyadjective

Of or pertaining to fairies.

Fairyadjective

Given by fairies; as, fairy money.

Fairynoun

small, human in form, playful, having magical powers

Fairynoun

offensive terms for an openly homosexual man

Fairynoun

a small imaginary being of human form that has magical powers, especially a female one

‘fairy gold’; ‘she believed she had had fairies at the bottom of her garden’;

Fairynoun

a Central and South American hummingbird with a green back and long tail.

Fairynoun

a male homosexual.

Fairy

A fairy (also fay, fae, fey, fair folk, or faerie) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature found in the folklore of multiple European cultures (including Celtic, Slavic, German, English, and French folklore), a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural, or preternatural. Myths and stories about fairies do not have a single origin, but are rather a collection of folk beliefs from disparate sources.

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