bandersnatch \BAN-der-snach\ , noun; 1.An imaginary wild animal of fierce disposition.2.A person of uncouth or unconventional habits, attitudes, etc., especially one considered a menace, nuisance, or the like.
Quotes:No one ever influenced Tolkien—you might as well try to influence a bandersnatch.-– Lin Carter, Imaginary Worlds
But while he was seeking with thimbles and care, a bandersnatch swiftly drew nigh and grabbed at the Banker, who shrieked in despair, for he knew it was useless to fly.– Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
Origin: Bandersnatch was invented by Lewis Carroll in 1871 in his book Through the Looking Glass.
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