banshee /banˈʃiː, ˈbanʃiː/


I. noun

(in Irish legend) a female spirit whose wailing warns of a death in a house

the little girl dropped her ice cream and began to howl like a banshee
[as modifier]
a horrible banshee wail.
– origin late 17th cent.: from Irish bean sídhe, from Old Irish ben síde ‘woman of the fairies’.

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