American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of a race of elves in Irish folklore who can reveal hidden treasure to those who catch them.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Irish folklore) A small mischevous elf or spirit in Irish folklore; it is often depicted in literature as a dwarfish bearded old man; -- legend tells that if a leprechaun is captured, he will reveal the location of his hidden pot of gold.
- n. a mischievous elf in Irish folklore
- From Irish leipreachán, luprachán, from Middle Irish luchrupán, from Old Irish luchorpán, from lú- “small” (Proto-Indo-European *legwh) + corp “body”, from Latin corpus (Wiktionary)
- Irish Gaelic luprachán, alteration of Middle Irish luchrupán, from Old Irish luchorpán : luchorp (lú-, small; + corp, body from Latin corpus) + -án, diminutive suff. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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