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[ScG, hatred, aversion; cf. OIr. fúath, hate; likeness].

Generic term for a class of spectral monsters in Highland Gaelic folklore, usually having a close connection with water, lochs, rivers, and often the open sea. Sometimes known as the arrachd or fuath-arrachd. A fuath is the mother of the brollachan. Highland subspecies of the fuath include the beithir, fideal, peallaidh, and ùruisg. Vough is a phonetic anglicization. See also ARRACH; GLAISTIG. Folk motifs: F420.5.2; F470.

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