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Gytrash

A north-of-England spirit, which, in the form of horse, mule, or large dog, haunts solitary ways, and sometimes comes upon belated travellers.

“I remembered certain of Bessie's tales, wherein figured a ... spirit called a Gytrash.” —Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre, xii.

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