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See also: alb, ALB, alb., and Alb.


Alternative forms[edit]


From Middle High German alb, alp, from Old High German alp, from Proto-Germanic *albiz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *albʰós. See also Elf, borrowed from English later.



Alb m (genitive Albs or Albes or Alben, plural Alben)

  1. elf, especially an evil one
    Synonyms: Elf, Elb, Elbe
  2. nightmare or physical ailment (formerly believed to be caused by an elf sitting on one's chest while one slept)
  3. (dialectal) mountainous area, upland
    Schwäbische AlbSwabian Jura


Derived terms[edit]


  • Thyen, Olaf (and Michael Clark, Werner Scholze-Stubenrecht, Bradbury Sykes (1999) The Oxford-Duden German Dictionary: German-English, English-German[1], Oxford University Press, →ISBN: “Alb2 .. (veralt.: Kobold) goblin believed to give sleeping people nightmares..”
  • Thode, Ernest (1992) German-English Genealogical Dictionary[2], Genealogical Publishing Com, →ISBN: “Alb - mountain; hill; ridge; escarpment; upland area..”
  • Betterridge, Harold T. (1978) Cassell's German-English English-German Dictionary, Macmillan, →ISBN: “1Alb 1. elf, .. 2. nighmare. 2Alb (dial.) alp(s)..”