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bhut

[boot] /but/
noun
1.
(in Indian mythology) a spirit or demon.
Also, bhoot
[boot] /but/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Hindi bhūt < Sanskrit bhūtā
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bhut

in Hindu mythology, a restless ghost. Bhuts are believed to be malignant if they have died a violent death or have been denied funeral rites; they are particularly feared by women, children, and the newly married.

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