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Phooka

or Pooka. A spirit of most malignant disposition, who hurries people to their destruction. He sometimes comes in the form of an eagle, and sometimes in that of a horse, like the Scotch kelpie (q.v.). (Irish superstition.)

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