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bar·ghestalso bar·guest (bär′gĕst)
A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
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(in the North of England, esp Yorkshire) a goblin that appears in the shape of a dog as an omen of death or other misfortune
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