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[poo-kuh] /ˈpu kə/


or pooka

[poo-kuh] /ˈpu kə/
(in folklore) an Irish spirit, mischievous but not malevolent, corresponding to the English Puck.
Origin of puca
< Irish púca; see Puck Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In Leinster, it was always the, not a pooka, that we heard named.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • And Fergus knew it was the pooka, the wild horse of the mountains.

    Irish Fairy Tales Edmond Leamy
  • "And if the pooka himself is a timid little fellow we might take the fierce horse from him," said Flann.

  • That night Morag and Flann talked about the pooka and his fierce horse.

  • "I couldn't wish a better welcome," said the pooka, as he came over near the fire and sat down on his haunches.

    The Golden Spears Edmund Leamy
  • Now we must stand between the house and the mound, and wait till the pooka rides by.

  • As they went by the mound the Bull charged down and its horns tossed the tail of the pooka's horse.

  • But the Bull and the man got through the wood and again they began to gain on the pooka's horse.

  • After November Eve the blackberries are no longer wholesome, for the pooka has spoiled them.

  • All these names imply that the pooka has something to do with this poisonous fungus.

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