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1. An often mischievous household elf in German folklore.
2. A gnome that haunts underground places in German folklore.

[German, from Middle High German kobolt : perhaps Middle High German kobe, pigpen; akin to English cove + Middle High German hold, attached, well-inclined (as a household spirit to a house or farm).]
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1. (European Myth & Legend) a mischievous household sprite
2. (European Myth & Legend) a spirit that haunts subterranean places, such as mines
[C19: from German; see cobalt]
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(ˈkoʊ bɒld, -boʊld)

n. (in German folklore)
1. a spirit or goblin, often mischievous, that haunts houses.
2. a spirit that haunts mines or other underground places.
[1625–35; < German]
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References in classic literature ?
One afternoon I got lost in the woods about a mile from the hotel, and presently fell into a train of dreamy thought about animals which talk, and kobolds, and enchanted folk, and the rest of the pleasant legendary stuff; and so, by stimulating my fancy, I finally got to imagining I glimpsed small flitting shapes here and there down the columned aisles of the forest.
They looked like kobolds from some magic mine - gnomes of the hills in conclave.
Liatris 'Kobold' ALSO known as gayfeather, this will attract bees and butterflies to your plot with its spikes of rosy purple flowers.
The many traditions that demand human sacrifice make plain that old religions in and of themselves are not attractive to modem views; part of the plot concerns identifying and destroying a Germanic kobold who kills one child a year to extend his own life but rewards the village with prosperity.
As of last month, some members of our forces were deployed to the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific (Op CARIBBE), Central and South America (Op GLOBE), Norway (Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE), Indonesia (Op RENAISSANCE 2018), Central and Eastern Europe (Op REASSURANCE), Kosovo (Op KOBOLD) and Mali (Op PRESENCE).
LIATRIS SPICATA KOBOLD LIATRIS, also known as gayfeather, works well in borders as a strong vertical accent.
Liatris spicata 'Kobold' Liatris, also known as gayfeather, works well in borders as a strong vertical accent.
Watch out for powdery mildew when weather is dry - keep plants well-watered and apply a Liatris spicata Kobold home-made mixture of water and baking soda as prevention.
As the UAE hospitality industry is in the process of ramping up hotel room capacity towards a target of accommodating 20 million tourists by the year 2020, GCC distributor for the Vorwerk Kobold Deep Cleaning System and supplier to many hotels in the UAE believes that such exponential growth will inevitably lead to higher competition as hotel brands search for unique ways to differentiate their offering and with the advances in technology and changing consumer trends, housekeeping can be a positioned to capitalise on these trends.
When a Kobold arrived at the orphanage, all sharp teeth and gangly limbs, everyone knew something was wrong.
"Many people think using water to clean their carpets will mean fresh, bright floors, but over time, the repeated wet cleaning can wash out wool's natural waterproofing, resulting in the carpet acquiring a hard, crusty feel," says Peter Hollier, a cleaning expert with home appliance manufacturer Vorwerk, who sell a range of products designed to make light work of deep-cleaning your home (kobold. vorwerk.co.uk).
The new commander for Operation KOBOLD, Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Mills, assumed command from Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Poudrier during a ceremony at the NATO headquarters in Pristina, Kosovo.