A fairy (or faerie) was a being from Human mythology, most usually depicted as a miniature humanoid who dwelled in natural wooded areas.
"Fairy tales" -- traditional fantasy stories -- often (but not always) involved fairies.
One particular fairy figure, the Tooth Fairy, achieved a prominence in Earth culture lasting into the 23rd and 24th centuries. (TOS novel: Vulcan!; SCE eBook: Lost Time)
In the year 2296, Leonard McCoy made a comparison between Vulcans and "faerie folk," citing their pointed ears and their tendency not to age as humans did. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Forge)
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