cryptid

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From crypt +‎ -id (English usage 1983; coined by John E. Wall in the ISC Newsletter).

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cryptid (plural cryptids)

  1. (cryptozoology) Any creature that may or may not exist. Sightings of various cryptids have been reported, but their reality has not been proved.
    • 1999, Steve Burgess, "Loren Coleman, Loch Ness snowman of cryptozoology," salon.com, 16 Aug,
      Now comes perhaps the cleverest tag of all: cryptozoology. It refers to the search for new animals, animals dwelling in unexpected places, and most importantly for "X-Files" scriptwriters, "cryptids"—legendary creatures such as the yeti.

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