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Troller's Gill, a limestone gorge in the Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, England, UK, which is said to be haunted by a barghest (sense 1) that can turn people to stone with a look

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EtymologyEdit

The etymology of this word is disputed; it is perhaps from Old English burh-ghest ‎(town-ghost), or from German Berg-geist ‎(mountain spirit) or Bär-geist ‎(bear-spirit).

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barghest ‎(plural barghests)

  1. (mythology, Britain) A legendary monstrous black dog, said to possess large teeth and claws, and (sometimes) to be capable of changing form.
  2. (mythology, Britain) Any ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.

Usage notesEdit

This word is best known in Northern England, especially Yorkshire.

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