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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. The pre-Christian gods of Ireland, sometimes represented as heroes or fairies.

Etymologies

Old Irish, tribes of the goddess Dana : tuatha, pl. of túath, people, tribe + : genitive of goddess + Danaan, genitive of Dana, Dana (Celtic mother goddess).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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