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puck

(pŭk), in Germanic folklore, generic name for various malevolent spirits. The medieval English pouke was often identified with the devil. However, the Puck of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is a mischievous but friendly fairy.

Puck,

in astronomy, one of the natural satellites, or moons, of UranusUranus
, in astronomy, 7th planet from the sun, at a mean distance of 1.78 billion mi (2.87 billion km), with an orbit lying between those of Saturn and Neptune; its period of revolution is slightly more than 84 years.
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Puck

(puk) A small roughly spherical satellite of Uranus, discovered in 1985 by Voyager 2. It has a low albedo and three named craters: Bogle, Lob, and Butz. See Uranus' satellites; Table 2, backmatter.

Puck

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Variations on the name Puck include Púca, Phouka (Irish), Pwca (Welsh), Bocca, and Boucca (Cornish). According to Margaret Murray, these names derive from the Slavic Bog meaning "God." Puck is often depicted much like Pan, or a satyr, with goats' legs and horns.

Puck is a spirit, frequently depicted as mischievous in the manner of the Teutonic Loki. He is said to be able to give humans the power of understanding animals' speech, but is also fond of leading travelers astray. Christianity frequently associates him with their devil. He is a shape-shifter and often appears as a black animal.

Puck is also sometimes known as Robin Goodfellow. Witches associate him with the Horned God and the Greenwood.

An interesting remnant of Pagan festivities is found in County Kerry, Ireland, where the annual August Eve (Lughnasadh) Puck Fair is held at the little village of Killorglin. A horned goat is crowned "Puck King of the Fair" and "Puck King of Ireland." The goat is treated with great pomp and ceremony: its horns and hooves are painted gold and garlands are hung about its neck. The fair lasts for three days. The goat is displayed on a platform, which is made higher each successive day. On the third and final day, the goat is crowned before being returned to the wild. Significantly, in earlier ceremonies, the goat was killed, roasted, and eaten shortly after its final crowning. This was undoubtedly a survival of the substitute Divine King sacrifice.

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Puck

 

in ice hockey, a black, hard-rubber disk with flat top and bottom surfaces. It is 76.2 mm in diameter, 25.4 mm thick, and weighs 140–170 g. The sides are lightly scored.

Puck

[pək]
(astronomy)
A satellite of Uranus orbiting at a mean distance of 53,440 miles (86,010 kilometers) with a period of 18 hours 20 minutes, and with a diameter of about 96 miles (154 kilometers).

Puck

the “shrewd and knavish sprite” who causes minor catastrophes and embarrassing situations. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
See: Fairy

Puck

knavish hobgoblin who plays pranks. [Br. Folklore & Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]

puck

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1. a small disc of hard rubber used in ice hockey
2. a stroke at the ball in hurling

puck

2
a mischievous or evil spirit

puck

A mouse-like object used to draw on a digitizer tablet. A puck is more precise than a mouse. See digitizer tablet and mouse.
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He got the puck alone near the crease but fanned on a shot attempt before gathering the puck and pushing it wide.