Middle English Dictionary Entry

elf n.
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Note: Cp. elven, alven.
A supernatural being having magical powers for good or evil; a spirit, fairy, goblin, incubus, succubus, or the like.
Cpds. (a) elf cake, an enlargement of the spleen believed to be caused by elves; (b) elf fare, deeds attributed to elves, elves' doings; (c) elf land; (d) elf quene; (e) elf-taken, bewitched by elves.

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Note: Med., etc. (sense 2.(a)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. elf cake.