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  • n. in German mythology, a giant who preys on children

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A personification, in German and Scandinavian mythology, of a spirit or natural power supposed to work mischief and ruin, esp. to children.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In German and Scandinavian poetical mythology, a personified natural power which devises and works mischief, especially to children.


A part-translation of German Erlkönig literally ‘alder-king’, a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge ‘king of the elves’. (Wiktionary)


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