erlking

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erlking

(ˈɜːlˌkɪŋ)
n
(European Myth & Legend) German myth a malevolent spirit who carries children off to death
[C18: from German Erlkönig, literally: alder king, coined in 1778 by Herder, a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge king of the elves]