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erlking

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/ ˈɜrlˌkɪŋ /
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noun (in German and Scandinavian mythology)
a spirit or personified natural power that works mischief, especially to children.
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Origin of erlking

1790–1800; <German Erlkönig alder (tree) king, J. G. von Herder's mistrans. of Danish ellerkonge, variant of elverkonge king of the elves
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erlking
/ (ˈɜːlˌkɪŋ) /

noun
German myth a malevolent spirit who carries children off to death

Word Origin for erlking

C18: from German Erlkönig, literally: alder king, coined in 1778 by Herder, a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge king of the elves
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