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Origin of goblin
- Middle English gobelin from Norman French gobelin name of a ghost that supposedly haunted the town of Évreux in the 12th century
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old Northern French gobelin (compare Normand goubelin, Walloon gobelin), possibly a blend of Old Low Franconian *kobeholdo ("goblin") (compare Dutch kabouter, German Kobold) and Late Latin cobalus ("mountain sprite"), from Ancient Greek κόβαλος (kobalos, “rogue, knave; goblin”).