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cryptid Line breaks: cryp|tid
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪptɪd/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of cryptid in English:


An animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the yeti.
Example sentences
  • This also reminds me a bit of the legend of the orang-pendek, which is a hominid cryptid which some claims still exist in Sumatra.
  • Items used in the exhibition will include art on loan, from artists’ and personal collections, and tangible evidence of cryptids from cryptozoologists.
  • He looks just like that black and white videos I've seen of the last thylacine on Earth, but I know from pictures online during wanders for cryptids that they are actually kind of a dusky brown color, like dingos.


1990s: from crypto- + -id3.

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