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

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 6 Oct. 2022.

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