barghest

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Disputed; perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).

Noun[edit]

barghest (plural barghests)

  1. (UK) A legendary monstrous black dog, said to possess large teeth and claws and (sometimes) to be capable of changing form.
  2. (UK) Any ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.

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Usage notes[edit]

This word is best known in northern England, especially Yorkshire.