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Discount Armageddon - Seanan McGuire

Cryptid, noun:

 

1. Any creature whose existence has been suggested but not proved scientifically. Term officially coined by cryptozoologist John E. Wall in 1983.

 

2. That thing that's getting ready to eat your head.

 

3. See also "monster".