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[OlE feccan].

English name for a kind of fairy doppelganger known in Scotland and Ireland. If one sees this apparition in early morning, long life is assured; see it at night and the viewer will last only as long as the sod of turf in the fireplace. Michael Traynor, The English Dialect of Donegal (Dublin, 1953), notes that the word lacks an Irish translation in Irish contexts.

Subjects: Religion.

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