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[ScG d'threach, desert; uncultivated, solitary]. Creature in Scottish Gaelic folklore, a kind of fachan, thus an ugly specimen of an ugly class. The d'reach is described as giant with improbable deformities. One hand emerges from his chest; one leg is attached to his haunch; one eye rests in his head; and one tuft of rigidly inflexible hair grows from that head. The d'reach haunts the deserted Glen Eiti (also Eite, Eitidh, Eitli; cf. ScG éitidh, éitidh, ‘fierce, dreadful, ugly, dismal’), perhaps a distorted representation of Glen Etive, 8 miles S of Ballachulish.

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