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John knew this obscure word but forgot. He went to the word oracle but was bombarded with these riddles instead:

Earth has one?
Half man, half bull?
Amongst Mercury's eight neighbours but slower?
Child of Red and Green?
Slimy, slippery but can shock you?
He was raised by apes?
It mimics words but can't comprehend them?
This is at the core of this and all of us?
Woolly Dolly was one?
Runs through wires?
Shadowfax showed us it's meaning?
I am air-borne but at night?
Indian has two?
Every problem has one?

Somebody help poor John.

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    $\begingroup$ poor sod won't ever get help with so many clues to match $\endgroup$ – L_Church May 15 '18 at 10:57
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    $\begingroup$ I appreciate the help. $\endgroup$ – John May 15 '18 at 16:55
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I believe the word is

metempsychosis

(credit to @hexomino , @keelhaul , @rhsquared , and @lee-leon ; some of the below were either directly from your answers/comments, or derived from them)

Earth has one?

Moon (note: there are other possibilities, but this is the only one that fits with the final word)

Half man, half bull?

Minotaur

Amongst Mercury's eight neighbours but slower?

Silver

Child of Red and Green?

Yellow (note: you get Brown when you mix these colors IRL, but Yellow when you combine the color codes: (255,0,0) + (0,255,0) = (255,255,0). Yellow is also "in between" green and red at stoplights)

Slimy, slippery but can shock you?

Eel

He was raised by apes?

Tarzan

It mimics words but can't comprehend them?

Parrot

This is at the core of this and all of us?

Soul (note: metempsychosis means "transmigration of the soul", and the soul is also at the core of us humans)

Woolly Dolly was one?

Clone

Runs through wires?

Electricity

Shadowfax showed us it's meaning?

Haste

I am air-borne but at night?

Owl

Indian has two?

I (the letter)

Every problem has one?

Solution

Taking the first letters gives you

MMSYETPSCEHOIS

which unscrambles to the answer.

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    $\begingroup$ Good job, Captain! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 15 '18 at 23:14
  • $\begingroup$ Guess..I'll have to make the next one harder. $\endgroup$ – peerless May 16 '18 at 4:33
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An observation:

Amongst Mercury's eight neighbours but slower?

Mercury, the element, is also known as Quicksilver. In the periodic table, Mercury (Hg) is surrounded by 8 other elements, one of which is Silver (Ag). Silver, logically, must be slower than Quicksilver, so the answer is Silver

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  • $\begingroup$ Very nice... +1 $\endgroup$ – peerless May 15 '18 at 16:04
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Partial answer:

Earth has one?

Satellite

Half man, half bull?

Minotaur

Amongst Mercury's eight neighbours but slower?

Venus is the slowest planet

Child of Red and Green?

Brown

Slimy, slippery but can shock you?

Eel (Electric eel) Thanks @hexomino

He was raised by apes?

Tarzan

It mimics words but can't comprehend them?

Parrot

This is at the core of this and all of us?

Woolly Dolly was one?

Clone

Runs through wires?

Electricity

Shadowfax showed us it's meaning?

Haste (again thanks @hexomino) although not sure on the horse's link to haste

I am air-borne but at night?

Owl

Indian has two?

n's (thanks @prit.patel) although some native american's have two braids.

Every problem has one?

Solution

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    $\begingroup$ Earth has more than one of those, though. $\endgroup$ – Rick van Osta May 15 '18 at 11:19
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    $\begingroup$ @RickvanOsta But just one natural. $\endgroup$ – rhsquared May 15 '18 at 11:20
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    $\begingroup$ I think that rot13(Funqbjsnk fubjf gur zrnavat bs unfgr). $\endgroup$ – hexomino May 15 '18 at 11:23
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    $\begingroup$ Also rot13(Fyvzl, fyvccrel ohg pna fubpx lbh? vf cebonoyl 'rry') $\endgroup$ – hexomino May 15 '18 at 11:24
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe Vaqvna unf gjb a'f $\endgroup$ – prit.patel May 15 '18 at 11:25
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Partial answer (with some from @rhsquared& @hexomino)

Earth has one?

Moon

Half man, half bull?

Minotaur

Amongst Mercury's eight neighbours but slower?

Pluto (not a planet, but probably the 8th neigbour) has the slowest orbital speed. However, the riddle says slower, and every other planet of our solar system is slower than Mercury.

Child of Red and Green?

Brown (thanks @Doomenik)

Slimy, slippery but can shock you?

Eel

He was raised by apes?

Tarzan

It mimics words but can't comprehend them?

Parrot (thanks @rhsquared)

This is at the core of this and all of us?

Woolly Dolly was one?

Clone (thanks @rhsquared)

Runs through wires?

Electricity

Shadowfax showed us it's meaning?

Haste (thanks @hexomino)

I am air-borne but at night?

Owl (thanks @rhsquared)

Indian has two?

"I" ? Or "N" as @prit.patel noticed

Every problem has one?

Solution

Now what to do with all this is a mystery...

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    $\begingroup$ Abg "V" orpnhfr bayl "Vaqvn" jbhyq or rabhtu sbe gung. Fb V gubhtu bs "A". $\endgroup$ – prit.patel May 15 '18 at 11:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Keelhaul Who's @peerless? $\endgroup$ – rhsquared May 15 '18 at 11:34
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    $\begingroup$ @rhsquared The OP I mistakenly copied the name instead of yours^^ I fixed it $\endgroup$ – Keelhaul May 15 '18 at 11:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Keelhaul You were still right, though, because peerless created the puzzle :) $\endgroup$ – rhsquared May 15 '18 at 11:42
  • $\begingroup$ For the first answer could be so much right, I like rot13(rnegu pber) $\endgroup$ – Doomenik May 15 '18 at 11:52
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Partial answer

Couple of alternative possibilities for some:

Earth has one?

Probably is Moon or Satellite, but could be Atmosphere

Child of Red and Green

If mixing colours, could be Yellow. At a stretch, could also be Apple (child is the apple of my eye/apples are red and green)

I am air-borne but at night?

Bat or Moth

Indian has two

Again a stretch, the Indian Ocean has two arms

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@CaptainPlanet probably has the answer, but just in case that's wrong I wanted to contribute an additional observation:

This is at the core of this and all of us?

Not counting the question mark, this riddle is 41 characters (31 letters long).
The middle ("core") letter is O. The same is true of "all of us".

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