Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bugbear; false terror.
  • noun [capitalized] In entomology, a genus of noctuid moths of the subfamily Amphipyrinæ, erected by Hüb-ner in 1816, having the tufted abdomen extended beyond the hind wings. The only species, M. maura, is distributed throughout Europe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A bugbear; false terror.

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  • noun obsolete A bugbear; false terror.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek, a hideous she-monster, a bugbear.

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  • Greek Phantom, bugbear, frightful object.

    July 9, 2008