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[koh-bold, -bohld] /ˈkoʊ bɒld, -boʊld/
noun, (in German folklore)
a spirit or goblin, often mischievous, that haunts houses.
a spirit that haunts mines or other underground places.
1625-35; < German Unabridged
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noun (German myth)
a mischievous household sprite
a spirit that haunts subterranean places, such as mines
Word Origin
C19: from German; see cobalt
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Contemporary definitions for kobold

in German folklore, a haunting spirit, gnome, or goblin

Word Origin

Middle High German kobolt 'goblin''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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