snallygaster

snallygaster
\\ˈsnälēˌgästə(r)\ noun (-s)
Etymology: perhaps modification of Pennsylvania German schnelle geeschter, literally, quick spirits
: 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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