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[Ir. var. of bocaidhe, fairies].

Word used in west Donegal for the fairies who lived in the sea, especially on rocks and on the shore. They were thought less friendly to mortals than their counterparts on land. During rough weather their heads may be seen well up out of the water, each with long yellow hair down to the middle of her back. They were also called bunadh beag na farraige, ‘wee folk of the sea’.

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