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A supernatural creature of folk tales, typically represented as a small, delicate, elusive figure in human form with pointed ears, magical powers, and a capricious nature. The word is recorded from Old English and is of Germanic origin; related to German Alp ‘nightmare’.

elf-arrow a name for a flint arrowhead (regarded as an elves' weapon).

elf-locks a tangled mass of hair, as said to have been tangled by supernatural agency.

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