Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A child supposed to have been substituted by elves for one which they had stolen; a changeling.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Slowly, Spinel lowered the elf-child to the tunnel floor.

    The Dark Queen

  • The hawk heard a dozen lan-guages breathed into the air: the sleepy muttering of an elf-child somewhere in the darkness beneath Istar, the last gurgled sigh of a merchant murdered on the edge of the desert, the quiet sermons of the high grass and the ancient vallenwoods far, far to the south in Silvanost.

    The Dark Queen

  • Even an elf-child can develop suddenly into a woman once she arrives at a knowledge of the fact that there is a man ready to make love to her.

    The Hippodrome

  • But then the elf-child sighed, and gave up her sport, because it grieved her to have done harm to a little being that was as wild as the sea-breeze, or as wild as Pearl herself.

    XV. Hester and Pearl

  • None knew—nor ever learned with the fulness of perfect certainty—whether the elf-child had gone thus untimely to a maiden grave; or whether her wild, rich nature had been softened and subdued and made capable of a woman’s gentle happiness.

    XXIV. Conclusion

  • When her elf-child had departed, Hester Prynne made a step or two towards the track that led through the forest, but still remained under the deep shadow of the trees.

    XVI. A Forest Walk

  • Prynne, with her scarlet elf-child, passed slowly across her vision.

    Violets and Other Tales

  • Then it was that in every pickle of mischief where a little lad could be this elf-child, with his black eyes and curly auburn hair, was to be found.

    A Dozen Ways Of Love

  • In a Cornish tale a woman is entrusted in her own house with the care of an elf-child.

    The Science of Fairy Tales An Inquiry into Fairy Mythology

  • In Nithsdale the elf-child displays a superhuman power of work.

    The Science of Fairy Tales An Inquiry into Fairy Mythology

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