cryptid

noun
cryp·​tid | \ ˈkrip-təd How to pronounce cryptid (audio) \
plural cryptids

Definition of cryptid

: an animal (such as Sasquatch or the Loch Ness Monster) that has been claimed to exist but never proven to exist Contrary to popular belief, cryptids don't have to be supernatural, mythical or even all that strange—though many popular creatures acquire these characteristics as their legends grow.— Hayley Williams … fighting the Grafton Monster—a monstrous cryptid vaguely resembling a cross between Bigfoot and a seal …— Alan Olson

First Known Use of cryptid

1983, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptid

crypt- (in crypto-) + -id entry 1

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