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Coined by Lewis Carroll, circa 1865.


borogove ‎(plural borogoves)

  1. A thin shabby-looking bird with its feathers sticking out all round, something like a live mop, first introduced in the nonsense poem Jabberwocky.
    • 2006, David Brown & ‎Kara Willey, The Worlds of Naughtenny Moore, ISBN 0978866010:
      The borogove let out a quiet chirp. Another, larger borogove squirmed in through the hole in the fabric.
    • 2013, Mel Gilden, The Jabberwock Came Whiffling: A Novel of Fantasy, ISBN 1479409405, page 22:
      Its knee bent the wrong way, though Albert thought it was certainly the right way for the borogove . Another borogove popped out of the forest and followed the first across the road, then a third and a fourth .
    • 2014, Daniel Coleman, Jabberwocky: A Novel, ISBN 0988196948:
      It smelled like a wet borogove.
    • 2015, Donald Weis, Monster Lore 2, ISBN 1329377532, page 12:
      With the Borogove's long legs, they hop and step over some incoming attacks.