kobold

[koh-bold, -bohld]
noun (in German folklore)
1.
a spirit or goblin, often mischievous, that haunts houses.
2.
a spirit that haunts mines or other underground places.

Origin:
1625–35; < German

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kobold (ˈkɒbəʊld)
 
n
1.  a mischievous household sprite
2.  a spirit that haunts subterranean places, such as mines
 
[C19: from German; see cobalt]

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Main Entry:  kobold
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in German folklore, a haunting spirit, gnome, or goblin
Etymology:  Middle High German kobolt 'goblin'
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kobold

in German folklore, mischievous household spirit who usually helps with chores and gives other valuable services but who often hides household and farm tools or kicks over stooping persons. He is temperamental and becomes outraged when he is not properly fed. He sometimes sings to children.

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