werewolf

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From Middle English werwolf, from Old English werwulf (werewoulf, literally man-wolf), equivalent to wer +‎ wolf or were- +‎ wolf. Cognate with Dutch weerwolf (werewolf), Low German Warwulf, German Werwolf (werewolf), Danish varulv (werewolf), Swedish varulv (werewolf). Compare also French garou, in loup-garou (werewolf), French dialectal gairou, varou (werewolf), Medieval Latin gerulphus, garulphus (werewolf) (< Germanic).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɛːwʊlf/, /ˈwɪəwʊlf/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɛərwʊlf/, /ˈwɪərwʊlf/, /ˈwɜrwʊlf/

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werewolf (plural werewolves)

  1. (mythology) A person who is transformed or can transform into a wolf or a wolflike human, often said to transform during a full moon.

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