leprechaun


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lep·re·chaun

 (lĕp′rĭ-kŏn′, -kôn′)
n.
In Irish folklore, a mischievous elflike creature or fairy who grants wishes or reveals the location of hidden treasure when captured.

[Irish Gaelic luprachán, alteration of Middle Irish luchrupán, from Old Irish luchorpán : luchorp (lú-, small; see legwh- in Indo-European roots + corp, body, from Latin corpus; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots) + -án, diminutive suff.]

lep′re·chaun′ish adj.

leprechaun

(ˈlɛprəˌkɔːn)
n
(European Myth & Legend) (in Irish folklore) a mischievous elf, often believed to have a treasure hoard
[C17: from Irish Gaelic leipreachān, from Middle Irish lūchorpān, from small + corp body, from Latin corpus body]

lep•re•chaun

(ˈlɛp rəˌkɔn, -ˌkɒn)

n.
a dwarf or sprite of Irish folklore, often represented as a little old man who will reveal the location of a crock of gold to anyone who catches him.
[1595–1605; < Irish leipreachán]

leprechaun

An Irish word meaning small body, used to mean a mischievous elf.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leprechaun - a mischievous elf in Irish folkloreleprechaun - a mischievous elf in Irish folklore
elf, gremlin, imp, pixie, pixy, hob, brownie - (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous

leprechaun

noun pixie, fairy, elf, brownie, hob, puck, imp, sprite a wicked, jokey leprechaun
Translations
haltija

leprechaun

[ˈleprəkɔːn] N (Irl) → duende m

leprechaun

nGnom m, → Kobold m
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