from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A female fortune-teller.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Scot. A female fortune teller.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A female fortuneteller.


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spae +‎ wife?


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  • Female fortune teller. (from WordCraft)

    May 20, 2008

  • The term Spaewife was used as the title for several fictional works: Robert Louis Stevenson's poem "The Spaewife"; John Galt's historical romance The Spaewife: A Tale of the Scottish Chronicles; and John Boyce's The Spaewife, or, The Queen's Secret (under the pen-name Paul Peppergrass).

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    Francis Melville describes a spae-wife as a type of elf in The Book of Faeries.

    "No taller than a human finger, fairy spae wives are usually dressed in the clothes of a peasant. However, when properly summoned, the attire changes from common to magnificent: blue cloak with a gem-lined collar and black lambskin hood lined with catskin, calfskin boots, and catskin gloves. Like human spae wives, they can also predict the future, through runes, tea leaves and signs generated by natural phenomena, and are good healers. They are said to be descended from the erectors of the standing stones."


    September 10, 2010

  • JM just cannot see much future for a spaewife in these troubled times.

    February 17, 2011