from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Strange or unearthly; eerie.
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- adj. unearthly, alien, supernatural, weird, spooky, eerie
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Hideous; ghastly.
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- adj. suggesting the operation of supernatural influences
Perhaps Middle English *elriche : Old English el-, strange, other; see al-1 in Indo-European roots + Old English rīce, realm; see reg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English from earlier elrich, equivalent to Old English el- ("foreign, strange, uncanny") (see else ) + rīċe "realm, kingdom" (see rich ); hence “of a strange country, pertaining to the Otherworld”; compare Old English ellende "in a foreign land, exiled" (compare German Elend "penury, distress" and Dutch ellende "misery"), Runic Norse alja-markir "foreigner". (Wiktionary)