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1. An often mischievous household elf in German folklore.
2. A gnome that haunts underground places in German folklore.

[German, from Middle High German kobolt : perhaps Middle High German kobe, pigpen; akin to English cove + Middle High German hold, attached, well-inclined (as a household spirit to a house or farm).]


1. (European Myth & Legend) a mischievous household sprite
2. (European Myth & Legend) a spirit that haunts subterranean places, such as mines
[C19: from German; see cobalt]


(ˈkoʊ bɒld, -boʊld)

n. (in German folklore)
1. a spirit or goblin, often mischievous, that haunts houses.
2. a spirit that haunts mines or other underground places.
[1625–35; < German]
References in classic literature ?
One afternoon I got lost in the woods about a mile from the hotel, and presently fell into a train of dreamy thought about animals which talk, and kobolds, and enchanted folk, and the rest of the pleasant legendary stuff; and so, by stimulating my fancy, I finally got to imagining I glimpsed small flitting shapes here and there down the columned aisles of the forest.
They looked like kobolds from some magic mine - gnomes of the hills in conclave.
When a Kobold arrived at the orphanage, all sharp teeth and gangly limbs, everyone knew something was wrong.
The new commander for Operation KOBOLD, Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Mills, assumed command from Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Poudrier during a ceremony at the NATO headquarters in Pristina, Kosovo.
Spray applications of the insecticides were carried out with a hand operated knapsack sprayer using a hollow cone nozzle (KB-5C, Kobold, China).
It cannot exist anywhere on a realistic map, because it exists as a god in itself, separate from the kobold child-god Hinzelmann.
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Jeppsson J, Kobold U, Barr J, et al; International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC).