An evil spirit supposed to descend upon and have sexual intercourse with women as they sleep.noun
An oppressive or nightmarish burden.noun
An imaginary being or demon, supposed to be the cause of nightmare; especially, such a being of the male sex who was supposed to consort with women in their sleep.noun
Figuratively, a heavy or oppressive burden; especially, a heavy weight on the mind; anything that prevents the free use of the faculties.noun
[capitalized] In entomology, a genus of parasitic hymenopters of the family Braconidæ: synonymous with Microgaster of Latreille.noun
A demon; a fiend; a lascivious spirit, supposed to have sexual intercourse with women by night.noun
The nightmare. See
Any oppressive encumbrance or burden; anything that prevents the free use of the faculties.