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Female spirit that wails by a house where someone is about to die. Irish “bean sidhe” < Old Irish “ben side”=woman of the fairies.

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Foolish person, especially a female. Irish “oinseach”=foolish woman, clown < Old Irish “oinmit”=fool + “-seach”=female suffix.

Wailing ghost that portends a death. Irish “bean sidhe” < Old Irish “ben”=woman + “side”=fairy mound. Woman of the fairies.

Flesh of old sheep used as food. Old French “mouton’ < Latin “multo”=sheep, ram. Probably Celtic origin c.f. Old Irish “molt”=ram.

Alcoholic drink from distilled grain. From Gaelic “uisge beatha “=water of life < Old Irish “uisce”=water+”bethu”=life.