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 Puff.Puffed Up. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Puff-ball.
 
A sort of fungus. The word is a corruption of Puck or Pouk ball, anciently called Puck-fist. The Irish name is Pooka-foot. (Saxon, Pulkerfist, a toadstool.) Shakespeare alludes to this superstition when Pros’pero summons amongst his elves—   1
       
“You whose pastime
       
Is to make midnight mushrooms.”
       
Shakespeare: Tempest, v. 1.
 


 Puff.Puffed Up. 

 
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