Word of the Week: Leprechaun

Leprechaun is a noun and defined as a mischievous elf of Irish folklore usually believed to reveal the hiding place of treasure if caught. The term leprechaun was first used in the early 1600’s, the term derives from the Irish word lupracan or “a very small body.” The term lupracan can be broken down into lu + corpan, which means little and body, respectively.

Popular leprechauns in today’s pop culture include Lucky the mascot of Lucky Charms cereal and Lucky the Leprechaun the mascot for the Boston Celtics.

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Sources
 “ Leprechaun,” Merriam-Webster.com

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