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Meaning of Rumpelstiltskin

Rum•pel•stilts•kin

Pronunciation: (rum"pul-stilt'skin), [key]
— n.
  1. a dwarf in a German folktale who spins flax into gold for a young woman to meet the demands of the prince she has married, on the condition that she give him her first child or else guess his name: she guesses his name and he vanishes or destroys himself in a rage.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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