- (cryptozoology) Any creature that may or may not exist. Sightings of various cryptids have been reported, but their reality has not been proved.
Etymology: (i, kryptos) + (term, -ides, lang=la). (English usage 1983; coined by John E. Wall in the ISC Newsletter).
- 1999, Steve Burgess, "http://www.salon.com/people/feature/1999/08/16/crypto/print.html 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""legendary creatures such as the yeti.
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