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In (especially Scandinavian) folklore and mythology: (treated as plural, frequently with the) dwarves or similar supernatural beings as a class or race. Also later as a count noun: a dwarf.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Warton (1728–1790), poet and historian. From Old Icelandic dvergar, plural of dvergr dwarf.
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