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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Origin and Etymology of snallygaster
perhaps modification of Pennsylvania German schnelle geeschter, literally, quick spirits
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