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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Agnes looked hard at the pixie.
▪ He has this lovely pixie body and whips off complicated tap routines in the Astaire and Gene Kelly styles - amazing.
▪ I got impregnated by that pixie dust.
▪ On it were a variety of jugs and china vases from the same school of design as the pixie doorknocker.
▪ She looked like a pixie sometimes, her eyes darting here and there, for ever watchful.
▪ Violette, her hair cut short in raffish pixie fashion, so that her eyes looked luminously large.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pixy \Pix"y\, Pixie \Pix"ie\, n.; pl. Pixies. [For Pucksy, from Puck.]

  1. An old English name for a fairy; an elf. [Written also picksy.]

  2. (Bot.) A low creeping evergreen plant ( Pyxidanthera barbulata), with mosslike leaves and little white blossoms, found in New Jersey and southward, where it flowers in earliest spring.

    Pixy ring, a fairy ring or circle. [Prov. Eng.]

    Pixy stool (Bot.), a toadstool or mushroom. [Prov. Eng.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1630, of obscure origin, perhaps from or related to Swedish dialect pyske "small fairy," but West County origin suggests ultimate source in Cornwall and thus something Celtic. Earliest references were in pixy-path "bewilderment," literally "path on which one is led astray by pixies," and pixie-led "lost."


alt. 1 (context mythology fantasy literature fairy tales English) A playful sprite or elflike or fairy-like creature. 2 (context slang English) A cute, petite woman with short hair. 3 (context astronomy meteorology English) An upper-atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with thunderstorms, a short-lasting pinpoint of light on the surface of convective domes that produces a gnome. n. 1 (context mythology fantasy literature fairy tales English) A playful sprite or elflike or fairy-like creature. 2 (context slang English) A cute, petite woman with short hair. 3 (context astronomy meteorology English) An upper-atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with thunderstorms, a short-lasting pinpoint of light on the surface of convective domes that produces a gnome.

  1. n. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous [syn: elf, hob, gremlin, pixy, brownie, imp]

  2. creeping evergreen shrub having narrow overlapping leaves and early white star-shaped flowers; of the pine barrens of New Jersey and the Carolinas [syn: pyxie, pixy, Pyxidanthera barbulata]


Pixies (also pixy, pixi, pizkie, piskies and pigsies as they are sometimes known in Cornwall) are mythical creatures of folklore, considered to be particularly concentrated in the high moorland areas around Devon and Cornwall, suggesting some Celtic origin for the belief and name.

Akin to the Irish and Scottish Aos Sí, pixies are believed to inhabit ancient underground ancestor sites such as stone circles, barrows, dolmens, ringfort or menhirs.

In traditional regional lore, pixies are generally benign, mischievous, short of stature and attractively childlike; they are fond of dancing and gather outdoors in huge numbers to dance or sometimes wrestle, through the night, demonstrating parallels with the Cornish plen-an-gwary and Breton Fest Noz (Cornish: troyl) folk celebrations originating in the medieval period. In modern times they are usually depicted with pointed ears, and often wearing a green outfit and pointed hat although traditional stories describe them wearing dirty ragged bundles of rags which they happily discard for gifts of new clothes. Sometimes their eyes are described as being pointed upwards at the temple ends. These, however, are Victorian era conventions and not part of the older mythology.

In modern use, the term can be synonymous with fairies or sprites. However, in folklore there is a traditional enmity, even war, between the two races.

Pixie (disambiguation)

A pixie is a small humanoid creature in British folklore. Pixie or Pixies may also refer to:

Pixie (comics)

Pixie, in comics, may refer to:

  • Pixie (X-Men), a Marvel Comics character associated with the X-Men and their family of titles
  • Pixie (Morlock), a member of the Marvel Comics group of mutants known as the Morlocks
  • Pixie (Eternal), a Marvel Comics character most prominently featured in the series, Marvel: The Lost Generation
  • Pixy, a graphic novel by the Swedish cartoonist, Max Andersson
  • Wasp (comics), was given the alias of "Pixie" in the alternate universe of Morgan Le Fay in Marvel Comics' Avengers vol. 3 #2-3
Pixie (photographer)

Pixie (born 1973) is an American photographer who claims to specialize in weddings and creative portraits. She is based in Los Angeles, California.

Pixie (CMS)

Pixie is an open source web application that allows the creation and management of small websites. Pixie is primarily known for its ease of use, simple installation and unique interface. Pixie falls into the software category of a Content management system (CMS), however it is marketed as a "small, simple, site maker".

Pixie is based on the server side script language PHP and uses a MySQL database for data storage. Pixie is free of charge and released under the GNU General Public License.

Pixie (programming language)

Pixie is a lightweight Lisp suitable for both general use as well as shell scripting. The standard library is heavily inspired by Clojure as well as several other functional programming languages. It is written in RPython and relies on PyPy's GC and tracing JIT.

Pixie was inspired by Clojure but it is not a port, it has significant differences.

Pixie (X-Men)

Pixie (Megan Gwynn) is a fictional superhero and " mutant" appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Her mutation grants her pixie-like eyes, colorful wings that allow her to fly, and "pixie dust" which causes hallucinations. After a confrontation with the revived former member of the New Mutants, Magik, she gains the ability to use magic and a magical weapon called the "Souldagger." Her main use of magic is a massive teleportation spell, which makes her a key asset to various X-Men missions and teams and places her as one of the titles' primary magic users. She was first introduced as a student on the Paragons training squad at the Xavier Institute in New X-Men, vol. 2, later joining the New X-Men team, and later graduating to the Uncanny X-Men team. Though only a side character in her initial appearances, she has since become a prominent character in various X-Men titles.

Pixie (renderer)

Pixie is a free (open source), photorealistic raytracing renderer for generating photorealistic images, developed by Okan Arikan in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas At Austin. It is RenderMan-compliant (meaning it reads conformant RIB, and supports full SL shading language shaders) and is based on the Reyes rendering architecture, but also support raytracing for hidden surface determination.

Like the proprietary BMRT, Pixie is popular with students learning the RenderMan Interface, and is a suitable replacement for it. Contributions to Pixie are facilitated by SourceForge and the Internet where it can also be downloaded free of charge as source code or precompiled. It compiles for Windows (using Visual Studio 2005), Linux and on Mac OS X (using Xcode or Unix-style configure script).

Key features include:

  • 64-bit Capable
  • Fast multi-threaded execution.
  • Possibility to distribute the rendering process to several machines.
  • Motion blur and depth of field.
  • Programmable shading (using RenderMan Shading Language) including full displacement support.
  • Scalable, multi-resolution raytracing using ray differentials.
  • Global illumination.
  • Support for conditional RIB.
  • Point cloud baking and 3D textures.

Pixie is developed by Okan Arikan and George Harker.

Usage examples of "pixie".

Three ogres, five boggles, and a clutch of pixies, hags, and phookas leapt off the Gate platform, leaving room for three dark Sidhe.

Along with Figg and Sade, other celebrities flocked to eat at the Greenhouse, some of them hoping to score an invitation to the party -- stars like Rudy Roloway and Luscious Pixie, superstar cinema actors freshly married for the third time.

Yet nowhere on any of their report forms were there spaces to mention pixie features, the swing of her dark hair, the tilt of her head when she listened, or the infectious laugh, which, according to Curtis Weill, got more work out of the men than two hard-nosed foremen or double wages ever could.

Part pixie, part temptress, her pouty little mouth curved with enticing humor, the way her eyes sparkled with warmth and the remnants of arousal.

But you mean that in the sense of being an elf or a pixie, not in being precognizant or psychic.

Authority radiated from her, plus this pixie impishness that was both sexual and scarily adult.

He was in a car being driven by a green pony-man with no eyes, he was spattered with cold rain and pixie barf, and was about to be deserted by his only friend so he could continue on to an unfamiliar city with a companion right out of a Monty Python sketch.

As the battle between blessed and unblessed raged, gnomes, faeries and pixies worked to put out the fires before they spread.

There are pixies on the west bank paying a fortune for Dewer treatments.

A pale golden sawdust haze trailed after it, a sunlit, skyborne ribbon-road for sylphs, pixies, sprites, and feys to ride.

I came from, there were myths about weird, intelligent creatures in the dim pastcentaurs and mermaids and pixies and fairies and flying winged horses and minotaurs and more.

The situation reminded me of an old riddle: how do you know when there are pixies around?

Then, of course, he had played with the other sprites of the vale, and taunted the pixies, and followed the dryads.

In fact, for the first time, he wondered what had become of the pixies and sprites and other faerie creatures of the vale.

Spreading out to either side, the arches were guarded by little bands of pixies, armed with small but sturdy bows, and sprites, who would fight with their silvery swords.