An imp or spirit which has been locked inside a bottle. The bottle often serves as the medium whereby the confined spirit can be summoned, such as rubbing it a specific number of times.
The bottle imp can be found in Arabian folktales, as well as in stories from Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Philippines.
- Leach, Maria, ed. (1984). Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend. New York: HarperCollins.