earth spirit


: the earth personified either poetically or as a deity supposed to live in or under the earth
: a humanoid long-lived or immortal entity (such as a gnome)

Word History


probably translation of German erdgeist

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of earth spirit was in 1809

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“Earth spirit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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