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Benshie, Benshee

(see Banshee). The Scotch Bodach Glay, or Grey Spectre, is a similar superstition; and the Pari-Banou (Nymph of the Air) of the Arabian Nights is also a sort of Benshee.

“How oft has the Benshee cried!” [How busy death has been of late with our notables.] —T. Moore: Irish Melodies, No. ii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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