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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.]
(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 lū small + corp body, from Latin corpus body]
lep•re•chaun(ˈlɛp rəˌkɔn, -ˌkɒn)
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]
An Irish word meaning small body, used to mean a mischievous elf.