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Elf-locks

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Elf-locks (Shak.) locks of hair clotted together, supposed to have been done by elves
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ælf; cf. Ice. álfr, Sw. elf.

Usage

In literature:

As Sunny Lock ceased, another little Elf came forward; and this was the tale "Silver Wing" told.
"Flower Fables" by Louisa May Alcott
She wore no hat, and her grizzled black hair streamed in elf locks over her shoulders.
"The Golden Road" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
His jet-black hair hung in elf-locks over his savage-looking features.
"Windsor Castle" by William Harrison Ainsworth
ELF-LOCK, tangled hair, supposed to be the work of elves.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
ELF-LOCK, tangled hair, supposed to be the work of elves.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
ELF-LOCK, tangled hair, supposed to be the work of elves.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
But my fingers still grasped my friend's kind elf-locks, and her goose-nose brooded beside mine upon that water of undivulged delight.
"Henry Brocken" by Walter J. de la Mare
His long hair hung in elf locks over his shoulders.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
It grew on the hinder part of her head, and was matted together like an elf-lock.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
The backs of his hands began to grow cold and his unwashed forehead was damp beneath matted, red-brown elf locks.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
She brushed back her elf-locks, and gave a low grunt like some wild beast.
"Fairy Book" by Sophie May
Her scarlet kirtle was torn, her hair flying in wild elf-locks, and her face was the face of a mad thing.
"Black Amazon of Mars" by Leigh Brackett
Then the King noticed that an elf or spirit of some kind had come into the hall, though all the doors were locked.
"Stories and Ballads of the Far Past" by Nora Kershaw
Thus, Norna appears in long, gray robe, to which are attached the hood and elf-locks of the witch.
"Comic Tragedies" by Louisa M. Alcott
Her face was half hidden by the twigs and leaves, and by her own disarranged hair, which hung in black elf-locks about it.
"The Girls of Central High on Track and Field" by Gertrude W. Morrison
The soft, cool breeze lifted her dark elf locks, and lingered and cooled her hot brow like a friend's kiss.
"The Actress' Daughter" by May Agnes Fleming
So too a tangle in the hair was called an "elf-lock," as being caused by the mischief of the elves.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
He was dressed entirely in black, his clothes in disarray, and the thin hair upon his head was matted in fantastic elf-locks with sweat.
"House of Torment" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
His unkempt elf-locks were more wild, his uncleanly linen more disordered, his eye more bright and restless, than of yore.
"My Lords of Strogue, Vol. II (of III)" by Lewis Wingfield
Tears rolled down her cheeks; blonde elf-locks hung over her eyes.
"My Lords of Strogue Vol. III, (of III)" by Lewis Wingfield
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In poetry:

Her brows are bound with bracken-fronds,
And golden elf-locks fly above;
Her eyes are bright as diamonds
And bluer than the sky above.
"Merrow Down" by Rudyard Kipling
Quick to a whistled call
Hearkens his ready ear,
Scarcely waiting to hear;
Silk locks, white feet, all
Rush, like a furry elf
Tumbling over himself.
"Tony" by Clara Doty Bates