barghest

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

barghest ‎(plural barghests)

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

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Usage notes[edit]

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