E’LFLOCK. n.s. [elf and lock.] Knots of hair twisted by
This is that very Mab,
That plats the manes of horses in the night,
And cakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs,
Which, once untangl’d, much misfortune bodes. Shakesp.
I wondered first why there was no hedging qualifier — “supposed to be twisted”, etc. But I guess it’s because this falls under the general lemma ELF, which is qualified. It’s not that Dr. J believed in them, or assumed we did….
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