Tove

Martin Gardner, The Annotated Alice:

a species of badger with smooth white hair, long hind legs, and short horns like a stag; lived on cheese

Mischmasch:

A species of Badger. They had smooth white hair, long hind legs, and short horns like a stag. Lived chiefly on cheese.

Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed.:

A factitious word introduced by ‘Lewis Carroll’ (see quot. 18552). Quot. 18551 also occurs in the first verse of ‘Jabberwocky’ in Through the Looking-Glass (1871) i. 21. 1855 [see SLITHY a.]. 1855 ‘L. CARROLL’ Rectory Umbrella & Mischmasch (1932) 142 Tove, a species of Badger. They had smooth white hair, long hind legs, and short horns like a stag: live chiefly on cheese. 1928 [see SLITHY a.]. 1937 G. FRANKAU More of Us 2 While the free-versifier gyres and gimbles The slithy tove–with his own ‘private symbols’.

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