EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ELFIN

She forgot that her boy was of elfin as well as of mortal race.

It beat down the wheat and pattered like elfin bullets on the forest leaves.

"I kick for joy," she said, her eyes shining with elfin delight.

Then arose great revelry and feasting in the castle of the Elfin Queen.

Why should the elfin's son be worse than the son of the devil himself?

They looked unearthly, elfin and strange, and in their own way they were beautiful.

Although the child was no beauty, she had an amusing, elfin air.

So she started off to get the bottle, but she would not let Elfin come with her.

And, the minute he was married to the Princess, Elfin's hands got quite well.

"And he promised me half his kingdom and the hand of his cousin the Princess," said Elfin.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, from elf; first found in Spenser, who may have been thinking of elven but the word also is a proper name in the Arthurian romances (Elphin).

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