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wonderbeast

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EtymologyEdit

From wonder +‎ beast. Compare Dutch wonderbeest, German Wundertier.

NounEdit

wonderbeast (plural wonderbeasts)

  1. (fantasy) A magical, mystical, or mythological creature
    • 1988, Stories about animals, page 75:
      "He is no wonderbeast at all," replied Salmo calmly. "Just an ordinary otter. [] "
    • 2011, Gregor Salmon, Navy Divers, page 97:
      Otherwise they were marvellous wonderbeasts – half man, half fish – that had more acrobatic pep than a seal and a big knife to boot.
    • 2016, Jane Lowy, Wiggly Barstool:
      We drew nearer the wonder-beast so as to assure ourselves she was real.