[ koh-bold, -bohld ]
/ ˈkoʊ bɒld, -boʊld /

noun (in German folklore)

a spirit or goblin, often mischievous, that haunts houses.
a spirit that haunts mines or other underground places.

Origin of kobold

Borrowed into English from German around 1625–35
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/ (ˈkɒbəʊld) /

noun German myth

a mischievous household sprite
a spirit that haunts subterranean places, such as mines

Word Origin for kobold

C19: from German; see cobalt
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