1. Any of a race of subterranean dwarfs whose hoard of riches and magic ring were taken from them by Siegfried.
2. A follower of Siegfried.
3. One of the Burgundian kings in the Nibelungenlied.
[German, from Middle High German Nibelunc, from Old High German Nibulunc, Nibilung.]
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