snallygaster

noun
snal·​ly·​gas·​ter | \ ˈsnälēˌgästə(r) \
plural -s

Definition of snallygaster

: a mythical nocturnal creature that is reported chiefly from rural Maryland, is reputed to be part reptile and part bird, and is said to prey on poultry and children

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History and Etymology for snallygaster

perhaps modification of Pennsylvania German schnelle geeschter, literally, quick spirits

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“Snallygaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snallygaster. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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