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  1. puca.
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or poo·ka

  1. (in folklore) an Irish spirit, mischievous but not malevolent, corresponding to the English Puck.
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Origin of puca

< Irish púca; see Puck
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Examples from the Web for pooka

Historical Examples

  • And Fergus knew it was the Pooka, the wild horse of the mountains.

    Irish Fairy Tales

    Edmond Leamy

  • In Leinster, it was always the, not a Pooka, that we heard named.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

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

  • Then the Pooka swung forward and whispered into his horse's ear.

  • Now we must stand between the house and the mound, and wait till the Pooka rides by.