gytrash


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gytrash

(ˈɡaɪtræʃ)
n
(European Myth & Legend) a spirit appearing as a horse or a dog that haunts lonely roads
References in classic literature ?
No Gytrash was this,--only a traveller taking the short cut to Millcote.
Instead, all alone, sitting upright on the rug, and gazing with gravity at the blaze, I beheld a great black and white long-haired dog, just like the Gytrash of the lane.
The gytrash is (to use Bronte's coinage) a pretercanine, malevolence shining in its eyes.
And then we were running for the car as we heard the unsettling baying sounds of the "Moggan Tar" - also known as the Death Dogs, the gytrash, and a dozen other names in tongues of Gaelic, Saxon and mongrel English.
The "spell" of the Gytrash is broken by the actual appearance of Edward, who as a "human being, broke the spell at once" (Jane Eyre 115).