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"A fairy is a spirit (supernatural being) found in the legends, folklore, and mythology of many cultures. They are generally humanoid in form, though of a higher, spiritual nature and so possessed of preternatural abilities. They are often depicted with wings and an ethereal glow, lithe and beautiful. They are also regarded as aloof, ephemeral, mercurial, puerile and whimsical, among other qualities that place them outside of a human scope and have a tendency to make them associated or confused with other mythological creatures." 

Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated - Dr. Cathy Burns (p62)

"Under the general designation of fairies, and fays, these spirits of the elements appear in the myth, fable, tradition, or poetry of all nations, ancient and modern." 

Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated - Dr. Cathy Burns (p73)

"A tiny imaginary being in human form, depicted as clever, mischievous, and possessing magical powers."