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also 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.

[bar (perhaps from barrow) + ghest, ghost (dialectal variant of ghost).]
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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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From the ghost of St Hilda, whose spectre is rumoured to roam the Abbey, to the Barguest Hound, which is said to roam the streets, the seaside town is no stranger to ghosts and ghouls.
The moor has stones of Celtic mythology and is said to be the haunt of Barguest, a mythical black hound, whose sightings portend doom.
The detective duo's investigation leads them to the Barguest Inn, a pub concealing a sinister secret.