Elf-locks

Tangled hair. It is said that one of the favourite amusements of Queen Mab is to tie people's hair in knots. When Edgar impersonates a madman, “he elfs all his hair in knots.” (Lear, ii. 3.)

This is that very Mab
That plats the manes of horses in the night,
And bakes [? cakes] the elf-locks in foul sluttish hairs.

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, i. 4.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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