We folk etymologists have a cardinal rule: never look up unfamiliar words in the dictionary! One can invariably guess their meaning by context and syllabic division alone. Besides, only by this method could anyone intuit the nature of eponymous creatures such as the following.
"A Word-Watcher's Abecedary,"
Word Ways: Vol. 28
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol28/iss2/7