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Word of the Day 11/20/17 Leprechaun

dancing leprechaun


Leprechaun (noun)
lep·re·chaun [lep-ruh-kawn, -kon]
(previously 03-17-13)

noun Irish Folklore
1. a dwarf or sprite.
2. a conventionalized literary representation of this figure as a little old man who will reveal the location of a hidden crock of gold to anyone who catches him.


Origin: 1595–1605; < Irish leipreachán, lucharachán, MIr luchrapán, lupra ( c ) cán, metathesized forms of Old Irish lúchorp ( án ), equivalent to lú- small + corp body (< Latin corpus ) + -án diminutive suffix

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