barghest definition by Webster's New World
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Eng. Folklore a doglike goblin whose appearance supposedly foreshadows death or bad luck
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps German berg geist, mountain spirit
barghest definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
Origin: bar (perhaps from barrow2) + ghest, ghost (dialectal variant of ghost).