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erlking

[url-king] /ˈɜrlˌkɪŋ/
noun, (in German and Scandinavian mythology)
1.
a spirit or personified natural power that works mischief, especially to children.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < German Erlkönig alder (tree) king, J. G. von Herder's mistrans. of Danish ellerkonge, variant of elverkonge king of the elves
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erlking

/ˈɜːlˌkɪŋ/
noun
1.
(German myth) a malevolent spirit who carries children off to death
Word Origin
C18: from German Erlkönig, literally: alder king, coined in 1778 by Herder, a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge king of the elves
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