Meaning of tírung



n. a supernatural being of dwarfish proportions with a strong body of iron or stone, said to inhabit isolated cliffs and caves. It is popularly said that the machinery in sugar mills is under the control of a tírung and it will not function unless he is fed. Hence, children are popularly threatened to be fed to this monster. Hílak arun iláwug ta ka sa tírung, Keep crying and I’ll feed you to the monster.