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 Elf-land.Elf-marked. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Elf-locks.
 
Tangled hair. It is said that one of the favourite amusements of Queen Mab is to tie people’s hair in knots. When Edgar impersonates a madman, “he elfs all his hair in knots.” (Lear, ii. 3.)
       
“This is that very Mab
       
That plats the manes of horses in the night,
And bakes [? cakes] the elf-locks in foul sluttish hairs.”
       
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, i. 4.
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 Elf-land.Elf-marked. 

 
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