snallygaster

noun snal·ly·gas·ter \ˈsnälēˌgästə(r)\

Definition of snallygaster

plural

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  1. :  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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