Gr. i|kryptos + L. term|-ides|lang=la. (English usage 1983; coined by John E. Wall in the ISC Newsletter).
- cryptozoology Any creature that may or may not exist. Sightings of various cryptids have been reported, but their reality has not been proved.
#*1999, Steve Burgess, "Loren Coleman, Loch Ness snowman of cryptozoology," salon.com, 16 Aug,
#*:Now comes perhaps the cleverest tag of all: cryptozoology. It refers to the search for new animals, animals dwelling in unexpected places, and most importantly for "X-Files" scriptwriters, "cryptids"â€”legendary creatures such as the yeti.
pedialite|List of cryptids