from The Century Dictionary.

  • Shot by an elf.
  • noun Same as elf-bolt.
  • noun A disease supposed to be produced by the agency of elves.


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  • If this were a less romantic and credulous age, there would be no trouble about fantasy, as there was no trouble about elf-shot or ‘Here be Dragons’ in the Middle Ages.

    The taste for magic

  • But the actor sagged abruptly and said, "The elf-shot business gave me away, right?"


  • But he had only been scraped by a passing elf-shot; not exactly harmless, but nowhere near as deadly as Cold Iron to one of the Sidhe.

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • The elf-shot still poisons him and she must drain it every few weeks.

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • All he had to do to make the words into a howl of pain was to remember his anguish when he knew Harry had been hit with elf-shot.

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • In the week between Harry's arrival and Richey's death Mwynwen had struggled constantly to draw the poison of the elf-shot from FitzRoy's body.

    This Scepter'd Isle

  • In the battle that nearly killed Denoriel, FitzRoy was touched by elf-shot.

    This Scepter'd Isle

  • The strange Sidhe with the crossbow cried out and, unthinking in his fury, nocked another elf-shot, turning the bow on FitzRoy.

    This Scepter'd Isle

  • There was no force behind the bolt, it did not penetrate even past FitzRoy's clothing, but elf-shot was deadly stuff, and needed only to touch a mortal to harm.

    This Scepter'd Isle

  • Rhoslyn had lost all interest in Elizabeth; she knelt by her brother, trying to block both the poison of the steel-inflicted wound and the elf-shot.

    This Scepter'd Isle


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