pooka

noun
poo·​ka
variants: or less commonly phooka \ ˈpükə \
plural -s

Definition of pooka

: a mischievous or malignant goblin or specter held in Irish folklore to appear in the form of a horse and to haunt bogs and marshes

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History and Etymology for pooka

Irish Gaelic pūca, perhaps from Old English, puck

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“Pooka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pooka. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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