EXAMPLES | noun (especially in medieval German folklore) the evening preceding the feast day of St. Walpurgis, when witches congregated, especially on the Brocken.
Wal·pur·gis·nacht [vahl- p-gis-nah oo r kht] /vɑlˈpʊər gɪsˌnɑxt/
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C19: translation of German
Walpurgisnacht, the eve of the feast day of St Walpurga, 8th-century abbess in Germany
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Word Origin and History for walpurgis night
1822, from German
Walpurgisnacht, witches' revel, especially on Brocken, on May-day eve, literally "the night of (St.) Walpurgis," from Walburga, English abbess who migrated to Heidenheim, Germany, and died there c.780; May 1 being the day of the removal of her bones from Heidenheim to Eichstädt.
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