I did some research about word nightmare. In most cases this is what I've found:

night + Old English mære "incubus."

I would like to use the word mare for poetic purposes, but its meaning in the modern English is an adult female horse or the female of other equine species.

Is there any possibility to use the word maere, excluding the grapheme "æ", for nightmare?


You could get away with 'mare if you are facing a syllable constraint, at the risk of sounding forced.

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