Pixie vs. Fairy

By Jaxson

  • Pixie

    Pixies (also pixy, pixi, pizkie, piskies and pigsies as they are sometimes known in Cornwall) are mythical creatures of folklore, considered to be particularly concentrated in the high moorland areas around Devon and Cornwall, suggesting some Celtic origin for the belief and name.

    Akin to the Irish and Scottish Aos Sí, pixies are believed to inhabit ancient underground ancestor sites such as stone circles, barrows, dolmens, ringforts or menhirs.

    In traditional regional lore, pixies are generally benign, mischievous, short of stature and attractively childlike; they are fond of dancing and gather outdoors in huge numbers to dance or sometimes wrestle, through the night, demonstrating parallels with the Cornish plen-an-gwary and Breton Fest Noz (Cornish: troyl) folk celebrations originating in the medieval period. In modern times they are usually depicted with pointed ears, and often wearing a green outfit and pointed hat although traditional stories describe them wearing dirty ragged bundles of rags which they happily discard for gifts of new clothes. Sometimes their eyes are described as being pointed upwards at the temple ends. These, however, are Victorian era conventions and not part of the older mythology.

    In modern use, the term can be synonymous with fairies or sprites. However, in folklore there is a traditional enmity, even war, between the two races.

  • Fairy

    A fairy (also fata, fay, fey, fae, fair folk; from faery, faerie, “realm of the fays”) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural, or preternatural.

  • Pixie (noun)

    A playful sprite or elflike or fairy-like creature.

  • Pixie (noun)

    A cute, petite woman with short hair.

  • Pixie (noun)

    An upper-atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with thunderstorms, a short-lasting pinpoint of light on the surface of convective domes that produces a gnome.

  • Fairy (noun)

    The realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.

  • Fairy (noun)

    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.

  • Fairy (noun)

    An enchantress, or creature of overpowering charm.

  • Fairy (noun)

    A male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.

  • Fairy (noun)

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

  • Fairy (adjective)

    Like a fairy; fanciful, whimsical, delicate.

  • Pixie (noun)

    a supernatural being in folklore and children’s stories, typically portrayed as small and humanlike in form, with pointed ears and a pointed hat.

  • Pixie (noun)

    short for pixie cut

    “do you think she should grow out her hair or keep her pixie?”

  • Fairy (noun)

    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”

  • Fairy (noun)

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

  • Fairy (noun)

    a male homosexual.

Oxford Dictionary

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