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Elf-shot

Afflicted with some unknown disease, and supposed to have been wounded by an elfin arrow. The rinderpest would, in the Middle Ages, have been ascribed to elf-shots. (See Elf-Arrows.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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