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  • noun cryptozoology Any creature that may or may not exist. Sightings of various cryptids have been reported, but their reality has not been proved.

Etymologies

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From crypt +‎ -id (English usage 1983; coined by John E. Wall in the ISC Newsletter).

Examples

  • After previously reading the reliable not "cryptid" information that the 18th century French "Beast of Gevaudan" attacks were potentially caused by miraculously late-surviving Eocene predators called mesonychids, such as Andrewsarchus, I featured this in July.

    Beast of Gevaudan - A Hyena?

  • After previously reading the reliable not "cryptid" information that the 18th century French "Beast of Gevaudan" attacks were potentially caused by miraculously late-surviving Eocene predators called mesonychids, such as Andrewsarchus, I featured this in July.

    October 2009

  • After previously reading the reliable not "cryptid" information that the 18th century French "Beast of Gevaudan" attacks were potentially caused by miraculously late-surviving Eocene predators called mesonychids, such as Andrewsarchus, I featured this in July.

    Beast of Gevaudan - A Hyena?

  • The only "cryptid" I really believe in is the ominpresence of the cougar / mountain lion in much of the eastern United States.

    Cryptomundo

  • Particular interest is in any information that adds to our factual understanding of all things 'cryptid'.

    Cryptomundo

  • I have had an interest in the, as of yet, unexplained and all things on the fringe of the "norm" since I was little, so postings on every kind of cryptid are always appreciated.

    Cryptomundo

  • In short: the world of late has gone cryptid crazy.

    Boing Boing

  • March 20th, 2009 at 9: 19 pm подробнее cryptid. ru zollzoll Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » John McCain Repeats Vegas HSR Lie, Adds New Non-True Details

  • The Pine Barrens is just the type of place for a cryptid, and boy does it have one.

    Is the Jersey Devil’s Range Increasing? | Disinformation

  • It is a cryptid, an unknown animal, until it is identified, of course, and that makes for a great story for the mainstream media, when they have a photo or even a few.

    New Montauk Monster Pics and Cryptid Marketing | Disinformation

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  • In the study of cryptozoology, any animal or creature whose existence has been reported but not proven. Their presumed existence is often derived from anecdotal evidence and/or other evidence insufficient to prove their existence according to normal scientific standards. The term cryptid applies to creatures such as the Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Mokele-mbembe. It is also applied by cryptozoologists to animals whose existence is accepted by the scientific community, but which are considered of interest to cryptozoology, such as the coelacanth, which was once presumed extinct, and the okapi, once thought to be a fictional animal. (Wikipedia)

    May 31, 2008