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In ancient Greek belief, a divinity or supernatural being of a nature between gods and humans; an inner or attendant spirit or inspiring force. The word is recorded from the mid 16th century, and until the 19th century represented the common spelling of demon.

Daemon was the term used by Rudyard Kipling for his authorial inspiration. More recently, in the His Dark Materials (1996–2001) fantasy trilogy of Philip Pullman (1946– ), it is the name given to the animal form taken by the externalized spirit of a person.

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