lycanthropy

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From Ancient Greek λυκανθρωπία (lukanthrōpia), from λυκάνθρωπος (lukanthrōpos).

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  • (us) IPA(key): /lʌɪˈkanθɹəpi/

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lycanthropy (uncountable)

  1. (mythology) The act of shapeshifting between the form of a human being and an animal (usually a wolf), often done during a full moon, according to legend.
  2. A delusion in which one believes oneself to be a wolf or other wild animal

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The myth may originate from the disease lupus erythematosus, which causes those afflicted to grow extra hair and to shun sunlight. "Lupus" is Latin for "wolf".

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