leprechaun

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n leprechaun a mischievous elf in Irish folklore
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1964 General Mills began marketing Lucky Charms cereal with pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers. The marshmallow bits (technically referred to as marbits) were invented in 1963 by John Holahan. The cereal is marketed using a leprechaun character named Lucky (L.C. Leprechaun is his full name) that touts his cereal as being "Magically Delicious." Over the years the various shapes and colors of the marshmallow bits in the cereal have undergone many changes.
    • n Leprechaun lep′rē-kawn a small-sized brownie who helps Irish housewives, mends shoes, grinds meal, &c.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ir. luchorpan, lu, small, corpan, corp, a body—L. corpus.

Usage

In literature:

The leprechaun promised that I'd have full warning before anything happened.
"The Moon Pool" by A. Merritt
The smallest shoes in the world are made by the clurichaun, a cousin of the leprechaun.
"Waysiders" by Seumas O'Kelly
I wish to Heaven I could find a Leprechaun somewhere under a thorn-bush.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
A withered leprechaun set eyes into the head of a minikin hound.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Leprechauns are different, being full of mischief, though they, too, are small.
"The Book of Hallowe'en" by Ruth Edna Kelley
The Leprechaun lighted it, and the Phoenix puffed away.
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
THE TALE OF THE LEPRECHAUN.
"The Irish Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
She asked the Leprechaun who he was.
"The Treasure of the Isle of Mist" by W. W. Tarn
But then how are we to account for the little red-dressed men and women and the leprechauns?
"The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries" by W. Y. Evans Wentz
A boatman at Killarney spoke of the Leprechauns as little men about three feet in height, wearing red caps.
"Ulster Folklore" by Elizabeth Andrews
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In poetry:

So with a yawn I went my way
To seek the welcome downy,
And slept, and dreamed till break of day
Of Poltergeist and Fetch and Fay
And Leprechaun and Brownie!
"Phantasmagoria Canto VII ( Sad Souvenaunce )" by Lewis Carroll
"(If that's a snuff-box on the shelf,"
He added with a yawn,
"I'll take a pinch) - next came an Elf,
And then a Phantom (that's myself),
And last, a Leprechaun.
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
Now you, my intellectual leprechaun,
would have me swallow the entire sun
like an enormous oyster, down
the ocean in one gulp: you say a mark
of comet hara-kiri through the dark
should inflame the sleeping town.
"Love Is A Parallax" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

The students built Leprechaun traps.
And every year they do the story about the leprechaun sightings in town.
Revisiting the Mobile Leprechaun with Scott Walker.
Leprechaun snares gold, eludes the traps set by Parmalee students.
Never underestimate the ingenuity of a leprechaun .
The Italian Leprechaun 's Pub.
Maybe it's a California thing, but it seems like most schools around here are doing Leprechaun Trap projects at the Kindergarten and First Grade level.
Menehune is the Hawaiian word for a magical creature much like the leprechaun , and Ernie is the pot of gold at the end of a desert rainbow.
It's not every day that you see a Leprechaun running around town, but this week keep your eyes peeled for Lucky the Leprechaun .
Every business that Lucky the Leprechaun visits will be offering special discounts, offers, and more.
Leprechaun Union Strike Continues.
Leprechaun Union Strike Continues Click to enlarge.
Is There Room in Your Heart for the Leprechaun.
Not only is Justin Verlander the best pitcher in baseball, he's also joined the ranks of Tony the Tiger, the cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs bird, and that leprechaun from the Lucky Charms box.
37 pm, officers went to a home in the 600 block of Leprechaun Lane for a report of a robbery of a pizza delivery driver.
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