A supernatural being likely to warn a family regarding the nearing death of certainly one of its users by wailing or singing in a mournful vocals as beneath the house windows of the home
- (Irish folklore) a lady nature just who wails to alert of impending death
- Alt. of Banshie
1771, from phonetic spelling of Irish bean sidhe "female of the Elves," from bean "woman" (from PIE *gwen-; see queen) + sidhe, from sith "fairy" or sid "fairy mound." Specifically, one who calls towards the spirits of dead. Sidhe sometimes is mistaken for sithe, genitive of sith "peace."
(letter.) Alt. of Banshie
A Welsh death-portent often confused with the gwrach y Rhibyn and banshee is the cyhyraeth, the groaning spirit.