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banshee

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In Irish legend, a female spirit whose wailing warns of a death in the house. Recorded from the late 17th century, the term comes from Irish bean sidhe, from Old Irish ben side ‘woman of ...

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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2004

... , badh [east Munster], banshie , beansí , bean sídhe , ben síde ; Scottish forms: bansìth , bean-shìth , bean sìth ; Manx: ben shee [Ir., fairy woman, woman of the fairy mound]. A female wraith of Irish and Scottish Gaelic tradition thought to be able to foretell but not necessarily cause death in a household. Although Fedelm in the Táin Bó Cuailnge [Cattle Raid of Cooley] seems to be an anticipation of the figure, observations and portrayals of the banshee in literature were not common before the 17th century. Since that time, the...

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
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39 words

...banshee [L17th] A banshee in Irish legend is a female spirit, often a legendary ancestor, who wails a warning of an imminent death in a house; the word is ultimately from Old Irish ben síde ‘woman of the...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

... (Irish bean sídhe , ‘woman of the fairy mound’) In Irish folklore, a female spirit who announces her presence by shrieking and wailing under the windows of a house when one of its occupants is close to...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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Current Version:
2003
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Literature
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73 words

... , a folklore figure whose lamentation portends a family death. In the form of a solitary woman, bean sí in Irish meaning ‘woman of the sídh ’, she derives from the mythological construct whereby a goddess presides over the fortunes of a kinship group. She is generally heard at night rather than seen, though some late stories portray her as a small, wizened old woman who combs her hair as she makes her...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016

... (= in Gaelic folklore, a female spirit who, by wailing, warns a family that some family member will soon die) is the standard spelling. ✳Banshie is a variant. Current ratio:...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
20 words

... female spirit whose wail portends death. XVIII. — Ir. bean sídhe , OIr. ben síde , i.e. ben woman, síd fairy...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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... • ashy , flashy, Lubumbashi, mashie, plashy, splashy, trashy • Gramsci • banshee , Comanche • marshy , Ustashe • branchy , Ranchi • Bangladeshi , fleshy • Frenchy • chichi • dishy , fishy, maharishi, squishy, swishy, Vichy • rubbishy • sloshy , squashy, washy • bolshie • conchie • wishy-washy • paunchy , raunchy • sushi • munshi • bushy , cushy, pushy • brushy , gushy, mushy, plushy, rushy, slushy • bunchy , crunchy,...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006

... in Irish legend, a female spirit whose wailing warns of a death in the house. Recorded from the late 17th century, the term comes from Irish bean sidhe , from Old Irish ben side ‘woman of the...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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Current Version:
2011

... (Irish bean sí , ‘fairy woman’) . A female spirit who wailed in sympathy near the houses of certain families when death was expected. She was usually seen to comb her long grey hair. In some parts of Ireland she was known as bean chaointe (Irish, ‘weeping woman’). O'er the wild heath I roam, On the night wind I come; And beauty shall pale at the voice of my wail! Hush! Hark to my tiding of gloom and sorrow! Go weep tears of blood, for – Och! D'éag an corra . J. L. Forrest : ‘The Banshee's Song’ ( 1907 ) (Irish D'éag an corra , ‘the dear one...

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
127 words

... Formed in the mid-80s by Tommy Lee Flood (vocals), Terry Dunn (guitar), Bill Westfall (bass) and Ken Burnham (drums), Banshee operated in musical territory somewhere between the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal bands and American power-metal groups - replete with shrieking vocals and unnecessary musical elaboration. Their debut for Roadrunner Records was an uninspired but brash exposition of their craft, and achieved a modicum of praise. It saw them transfer to Atlantic Records subsidiary Titanium, but Race Against Time was another disappointing...

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Pocket Oxford Irish Dictionary: English-Irish

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
Length:
5 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
76 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
75 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
34 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
37 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
37 words
Banshee

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Formed in the mid-80s by Tommy Lee Flood (vocals), Terry Dunn (guitar), Bill Westfall (bass) and Ken Burnham (drums), Banshee operated in musical territory somewhere between the New Wave Of ...
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Religion
In Irish legend, a female spirit whose wailing warns of a death in the house. Recorded from the late 17th century, the term comes from Irish bean sidhe, from Old Irish ben side ‘woman of the fairies’.
Siouxsie And The Banshees

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
1,129 words

.... Omnibus Press (UK).1989. Siouxsie & The Banshees: The Authorised Biography , Mark Paytress . Sanctuary (UK).2003. Siouxsie And The Banshees , Mike West . Babylon Books (UK).1982. See also Creatures , Sex Pistols , Sid Vicious , Adam And The Ants , John Peel , Polydor Records , Steve Lillywhite , Slits , Cure , Mel Tormé , Glove , Beatles , Clock DVA , Bob Dylan , Siouxsie And The Banshees - The Scream , Siouxsie And The Banshees - Once Upon A Time: The Singles , Siouxsie And The Banshees - The Peel Sessions...

Siouxsie And The Banshees - The Scream

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
101 words

...And The Banshees - The Scream Despite evolving from a group of Sex Pistols fans, Siouxsie And The Banshees eschewed the clichés of punk, offering instead an austere and bleak creation. Bass player Steve Severin and drummer Kenny Morris provide simple, Teutonic-style patterns over which Siouxsie Sioux wails in the manner of former Velvet Underground chanteuse Nico. Unremitting original songs are joined by a version of the Beatles’ ‘Helter Skelter’, which the Banshees interpret with the full knowledge of its inspiration for Charles Manson. The Scream is...

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