E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A sort of goblin in the mythology of Normandy, very similar to the house-spirits of Germany and Scandinavia. Sometimes it assumes the
form of a horse ready equipped, and in this shape is called Le Cheval Bayard.
To lutin is to twist hair into elflocks. Sometimes these mischievous urchins so tangle the mane of a horse or head of a child that the hair must be cut off.