(see Banshee). The Scotch Bodach Glay, or Grey Spectre, is a similar superstition; and the Pari-Banou (Nymph of the Air) of the Arabian Nights is also a sort of Benshee.
“How oft has the Benshee cried!” [How busy death has been of late with our notables.] —T. Moore: Irish Melodies, No. ii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894