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See also: Banshee
banshee (plural banshees)
- (Irish folklore) A female spirit, usually taking the form of a woman whose mournful wailing warns of an impending death.
- (derogatory) A noisy or ill-tempered woman.
- 1936, John Thomas McIntyre, Steps Going Down, page 15:
- Where's this old banshee that runs the place?
- A banshee was originally merely a fairy woman who sang a caoineadh (lament) for recently-deceased members of certain families. Translations of Irish works into English made a distinction between the banshee and other fairy folk that the original language and original stories do not seem to have, but from which sprung the current image of the banshee.
- → Arabic: بَانْشِي (bānšī)
- → Catalan: banshee
- → Dutch: banshee
- → Esperanto: banŝio
- → Finnish: banshee
- → French: banshee, banshie
- → German: Banshee
- → Japanese: バンシー (banshī)
- → Korean: 반시 (bansi)
- → Northern Kurdish: banşî
- → Portuguese: banshee
- → Russian: ба́нши (bánši), банши́ (banší), ба́ньши (bánʹši), баньши́ (banʹší)
- → Spanish: banshee
in Irish folklore, a female spirit
banshee f (plural banshees)
- (Irish folklore) banshee (a female spirit who warns of impending death)