Meaning of fairy butter in English:

fairy butter

Pronunciation /ˌfɛːri ˈbʌtə/


  • 1A jelly- or butter-like substance of natural origin: (a) any of several yellow or white jelly-like fungi; especially yellow brain fungus, Tremella mesenterica.

  • 2Cooking
    Butter mixed with sugar and other ingredients, typically eggs, flower-water, and almonds, served as a spread or to accompany a dessert. Now chiefly historical.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in Charles Leigh (1622–?1701). In some forms from the genitive plural of fairy + butter.