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ELF'IN, a. Relating or pertaining to elves.
adjective Etymology: irregular from elf Date: 1590
adj. & n. --adj. of elves; elflike. --n. archaic a dwarf; a child. Etymology: ELF, perh. infl. by ME elvene genit. pl. of elf, and by Elphin in Arthurian romance
Thecla Thec"la, n. Any one of many species of small delicately colored butterflies belonging to Thecla and allied genera; -- called also hairstreak, and elfin.
Elfin Elf"in (-[i^]n), a. Relating to elves.
Elfin Elf"in, n. A little elf or urchin. --Shenstone.
If you describe someone as elfin, you think that they are attractive because they are small and have delicate features. ...a little boy with an elfin face. ADJ: usu ADJ n [approval]
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