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elf a supernatural creature of folk tales, typically represented as a small, delicate, elusive figure in human form with pointed ears, magical powers, and a capricious nature. The word is recorded from Old English and is of Germanic origin; related to German Alp ‘nightmare’.
elf-arrow a name for a flint arrowhead (regarded as an elves' weapon).
elf-locks a tangled mass of hair, as said to have been tangled by supernatural agency.

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elf

elf / elf/ • n. (pl. elves / elvz/ ) a supernatural creature of folk tales, typically represented as a small, elusive figure in human form with pointed ears, magical powers, and a capricious nature. DERIVATIVES: elf·ish adj. elv·en / ˈelvən/ adj. ( poetic/lit. ) elv·ish / ˈelvish/ adj.

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elf

elf dwarf supernatural being OE.; mischievous creature XVI. OE. elf, WS. *ielf, ylf = MDu. elf, beside MHG. elbe fem. :- *albiz, parallel to *albaz, whence OE. ælf (ME. pl. alven) = OS., MLG. alf, MHG. alp (G. alp nightmare), ON. álfr.
Hence elfin adj. XVI (poss. suggested by ME. elevene, g. pl. of elf), elfish XVI, elvish XIV.

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elf

elf, in Germanic mythology, a type of fairy. Usually represented as tiny people, elves are said to dwell in forests, in the sea, and in the air. Although they can be friendly to man, they are more frequently vengeful and mischievous.

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Elf

211. Elf

  1. cluricaune small creature who appears as an old man; knows about hidden treasure. [Irish Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 213]

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ELF

ELF • abbr. extremely low frequency.

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elf

elf •Ralph •elf, herself, himself, itself, myself, oneself, ourself, self, shelf, themself, thyself, yourself •mantelshelf • bookshelf • sylph •golf, Rolf, Wolf •Randolph • Rudolph •Wolfe, Woolf •aardwolf • werewolf • Beowulf •engulf, gulf •Ranulf

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