Wolpertinger, an imaginary Bavarian place-name for a mysterious forest animal, with a highly prized fur, that allows itself to be caught only by candlelight in a bag patiently held open by the midnight stalker.

The story is a hoax directed at gulible non-Bavarians, preferably “Prussians”, whom native boast to have kept waiting in lure for hours while themselves enjoying the successful prank over rounds of beer at the local inn.

Synonym for dodgie, snark, bodger-fax, hoofen-poofer, wadger-beasel, haggis, catawampus, whiffen-poof, woofin-whiffle.


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