Definition of fairy cups in English:

fairy cups


  • 1Any of various lichens or fungi bearing cup-shaped fruiting bodies, especially the fungus scarlet cup, Sarcoscypha coccinea, and several lichens of the genus Cladonia; the fruiting bodies themselves.

  • 2The cowslip, Primula veris, or its flowers.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Alphonso Wood (1810–1881), botanist.