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plural nounIrish Mythology
The members of an ancient race said to have inhabited Ireland before the historical Irish. Formerly believed to have been a real people, they are credited with the possession of magical powers and great wisdom.
- ‘Its central topic is the mythic battle between the divinities of pagan Ireland, the Tuatha Dé Danann, and that other mythological people, the Fomoiri, who continually threatened disruption of social order and prosperity.’
- ‘And so it was that the Tuatha Dé Danann took control of Ireland.’
- ‘In Irish-Celtic mythology, the Tuatha Dé Danann are the Irish race of gods, founded by the goddess Danu.’
Irish, literally ‘people of the goddess Danann’.
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