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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