- Erl-king 1797, in Scott's translation of Goethe, from Ger. Erl-könig, lit. "alder-king," Herder's erroneous translation of Dan. ellerkonge "king of the elves." Cf. Ger. Eller, Erle "alder" (see ALDER (Cf. alder)).
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