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Imaginary and mysterious creatures in stories

the Abominable Snowman

a yeti

Bigfoot

a large creature with hair all over its body and a shape like a human that some people believe lives in the mountains of North America

bogey

noun

a bogeyman in children’s stories

bogeyman

noun

an imaginary evil creature used in stories to frighten children

boogeyman

noun

an imaginary man who frightens children, especially in children’s stories

bunyip

noun

in old Australian stories, an imaginary creature that lives in or near water

centaur

noun

a creature in ancient Greek stories with the head, arms, and chest of a man, and the body and legs of a horse

chimera

noun

a frightening imaginary creature in old stories. It has a lion’s head, a goat’s body, a long tail, and it breathes fire.

creature

noun

an imaginary living thing that is strange or frightening

daemon

noun

a spirit in ancient Greek stories that is less important than a god or that protects a particular person or place

dragon

noun

a large imaginary creature in old stories that has wings and a long pointed tail and breathes out fire

dryad

noun

in ancient Greek literature, a female spirit who lives in trees

dwarf

noun

an imaginary creature in children’s stories that looks like a very small old man

the Easter bunny

an imaginary rabbit that children believe brings candy on Easter

fairy

noun

an imaginary creature with magic powers that looks like a small person with wings

fairy godmother

noun

a woman in traditional children’s stories who has magic powers and helps people

faun

noun

in ancient Roman stories, a god that has the upper body of a man, the legs of a goat, and a goat’s horns on its head

genie

noun

an imaginary spirit with magic powers in ancient Middle Eastern stories

ghoul

noun

an imaginary creature that eats dead people

goblin

noun

a creature in children’s stories that looks like a small person and enjoys causing trouble

Gorgon

noun

in ancient Greek stories, a monster in the form of a woman with snakes for hair who changed anyone who looked at her into stone

gremlin

noun

a small imaginary creature that people blame when they have problems with machines

griffin

noun

a large imaginary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle

harpy

noun

a cruel creature in ancient Greek stories, with a bird’s body and a woman’s face

hobgoblin

noun

a small ugly creature in children’s stories who harms or tricks people

humanoid

noun

in science fiction stories, a creature that looks like a human

hydra

noun

a creature in Greek mythology (=ancient stories) that looked like a snake with many heads

imp

noun

an imaginary creature that looks like a small child and likes to have fun by behaving badly

the Loch Ness monster

noun

an ancient sea creature that some people believe lives in Loch Ness, a lake in Scotland

mermaid

noun

an imaginary sea creature that has the upper body of a woman and a fish’s tail

monster

noun

an imaginary creature that is large and frightening

Nessie

an informal name for the loch ness monster

nymph

noun

in ancient Greek and Roman stories, one of the female spirits who live in rivers, mountains, or forests

phoenix

noun

an imaginary bird in ancient stories that lives for 500 years and then burns to death, with a new phoenix rising from the ashes when the flames are gone

pixie

noun

an imaginary magic creature like a small person with pointed ears who can do magic

Sasquatch

noun

a bigfoot

satyr

noun

a creature in ancient Greek stories with a man’s upper body and head and the ears, horns, and legs of a goat

spaceman

noun

a creature from another planet

sphinx

noun

an animal in ancient Greek and Egyptian myths that has a lion’s body and a human head

spirit

noun

an imaginary creature with special powers

sprite

noun

a small imaginary creature with magic powers in traditional stories, especially one that lives in or near water

sylph

noun

a female spirit in ancient stories who lived in the air

troll

noun

a very ugly creature in old Scandinavian stories that lives in a cave and is either very small or very tall

unicorn

noun

an imaginary creature like a horse with a single long horn on its head

werewolf

noun

an imaginary creature who is human during the day but becomes a wolf at night when there is a full moon

wyvern

noun

an imaginary animal with two legs and wings and a dragon’s head

yeti

noun

a wild animal that some people believe exists in the Himalayas. It is said to look like a human with a lot of hair.

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