Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hobgoblin: now explained as “a spirit or fairy in the shape of a horse, which neighs and thus misleads horses into bogs”; but this is a sophistication due to popular etymology, the word being a perversion of colepixy, the will o' the wisp. See colepixy.
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A list of provincial English words that appear in Francis Grose's A Provincial Glossary, with a Collection of Local Proverbs and Popular Superstitions. London, MDCCLXXXVII. Printed for S. Hooper, N...
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