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2009-05-07 14:55:00

A Malaysian lawmaker warned Thursday that the nation's spectacular firefly population is under threat of destruction within months due to large-scale land clearing. The fireflies are one of Malaysia's leading tourist attractions. "If we do not do anything, the lights will go out for the fireflies by the end of the year," Elizabeth Wong, who oversees tourism and environmental affairs in the Malaysian state of Selangor, told the AFP. Conservation groups had notified Malaysia's government about...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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