leprechaun

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
lep•re•chaun /ˈlɛprəˌkɔn, -ˌkɑn/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Mythologya small elflike creature 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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
lep•re•chaun  (leprə kôn′, -kon′), 
n. [Irish Folklore.]
  1. Mythologya dwarf or sprite.
  2. Mythologya conventionalized literary representation of this figure as a little old man who will reveal the location of a hidden crock of gold to anyone who catches him.
Etymology:
  • Latin corpus) + -án diminutive suffix
  • Irish leipreachán, lucharachán, Middle Irish luchrapán, lupra(c)cán, metathesized forms of Old Irish lúchorp(án), equivalent. to lú- small + corp body (
  • 1595–1605


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

leprechaun /ˈlɛprəˌkɔːn/ n
  1. (in Irish folklore) a mischievous elf, often believed to have a treasure hoard
Etymology: 17th Century: from Irish Gaelic leipreachān, from Middle Irish lūchorpān, from small + corp body, from Latin corpus body



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