Witch vs Banshee - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between witch and banshee
is that witch
is a person who practices witchcraft; specifically: or witch
can be a cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat and used as a taper while banshee
is banshee (in irish folklore, a female spirit).
As a verb witch
is (obsolete) to practise witchcraft.
From (etyl) wicche, from (etyl) .
A person who practices witchcraft; specifically:
#A woman who is learned in and actively practices witchcraft.
#*:He cannot abide the old woman of Brentford; he swears she's a witch .
#(label) A Wiccan.
# A man who practices witchcraft.
#*:Some of the kynges had merueyl of Merlyns wordes and demed well that it shold be as he said / And som of hem lough hym to scorne / as kyng Lot / and mo other called hym a wytche / But thenne were they accorded with Merlyn that kynge Arthur shold come oute and speke with the kynges
#*(rfdate) Wyclif Bible (Acts viii. 9)
#*:There was a man in that city whose name was Simon, a witch .
(label) An ugly or unpleasant woman.
One who exercises more-than-common power of attraction; a charming or bewitching person.
One given to mischief, especially a woman or child.
(label) A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera .
The stormy petrel.
Any of a number of flatfish:
# (Torbay sole), found in the North Atlantic.
# (megrim), found in the North Atlantic.
#, found near New Zealand.
* (female magic user) wizardess, sorceress
* (male magic user) wizard, sorcerer, warlock
* (an ugly or unpleasant woman) See ,
(terms derived from witch)
* cold as a witch's tit
* witch ball
* witch doctor
* witches' brew
* witches' knickers
* witches' Sabbath
* witch grass
* witch hazel
* witching hour
* (Arnoglossus scapha)
* (Arnoglossus scapha)
(obsolete) To practise witchcraft
To dowse for water
- 'It approaches the witching hour'.
(other terms of interest)
* black magic
* crystal ball
In Irish folklore, a female spirit, usually taking the form of a woman whose mournful wailing warns of an impending death.
(derogatory) A noisy or ill-tempered woman.
* 1936 , , Steps Going Down , page 15:
- Where's this old banshee that runs the place?
* A banshee was originally merely a fairy woman who sang a caoineadh (lament) for recently-deceased members of certain families. Translations of Irish works into English made a distinction between the banshee and other fairy folk that the original language and original stories do not seem to have, but from whence sprung the current image of the banshee.