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kobold

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noun ko·bold \ˈkō-ˌbȯld\

Definition of kobold

  1. 1 :  a gnome that in German folklore inhabits underground places

  2. 2 :  an often mischievous domestic spirit of German folklore



Examples of kobold in a sentence

  1. <the metal cobalt gets its name from the medieval Germanic belief that its appearance in silver ore was the handiwork of mischievous, thieving kobolds>



Origin of kobold

German — more at cobalt


First Known Use: 1830


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