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hodag

n. A fictional animal in Wisconsin folklore, having a head like an ox, the bulging eyes of a frog, huge claws, a row of spikes down its back, and a dinosauric body and tail.

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Hodag

The hodag is a folkloric animal of the American state of Wisconsin. Its history is focused mainly around the city of Rhinelander in northern Wisconsin, where it was said to have been discovered. It is also mentioned in several Paul Bunyan stories.

Usage examples of "hodag".

I see a hump of dirt that is either a Navaho hodag, or a structure of some kind.

Navaho squaw and one papoose or more, and sometimes the beehive-shaped hodags in which the Navahos wintered.

He'd haul them to a trench they'd already dug and filled with straw, and he'd stack 'em down there, one by one, like so much cordwood in the trench, and he'd pack straw around them, then he'd cover the top of the trench with two-b'-fours to keep the critters out-in those days there were wolves and bears and all sorts you never see anymore around here, no hodags though, that's just a story about the hodags and I wouldn't ever stretch your credulity by telling you no stories, no sir-he'd cover the trench with two-b'-fours and the next snowfall would cover it up completely, save for the flag he'd planted to show him where the trench was.