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Jack o' the Bowl

The most famous brownie or house-spirit of Switzerland; so called from the custom of placing for him every night on the roof of the cow-house a bowl of fresh sweet cream. The contents of this bowl are sure to disappear before morning.

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