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Part of speech: plural noun

Origin: Old English, late 16th century


A tangled mass of hair.

Examples of Elflocks in a sentence

"She woke from her nap with a head full of elflocks."

"When my hair gets long it always looks like elflocks."

About Elflocks

The first appearance of "elflock" is in "Romeo and Juliet," but it has been adopted into folklore and fairy tales. The descriptive word doesn't mean hair belonging to an elf, but instead it's a tangle of hair. Elves and fairies are known tricksters, so they might play with your hair while you sleep.

Did you Know?

In Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," Romeo's friend, Mercutio, delivers an impassioned monologue about Queen Mab. She is a fairy, described as a midwife, but also known as being a nighttime prankster. If she weaves your hair into elflocks during your sleep, Mercutio warns, "Once untangled much misfortune bodes."

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