Pixies

(2 syl.). The Devonshire Robin Goodfellows; said to be the spirits of infants who have died before baptism. The Pixy monarch holds his court like Titania, and sends his subjects on their several tasks. The word is a diminutive of Pix, probably the same as Puck. (Swedish, pyke; old English, pouk, bug, bogie; Danish, pog and pokker.)

Ne let the pouke nor other evil sprites ...
Fray us with things that be not.

Spenser: Epithalamion.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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