woodwose

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Etymology[edit]

Late Old English wuduwāsa, also Middle English wodwo.

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Noun[edit]

woodwose (plural woodwoses)

  1. A wild man of the woods; a faun, a satyr or a representation of such a being in heraldry or other decoration.
    • 1962: The young woodwose had now closed his eyes and was stretched out supine on the pool's marble margin; his Tarzan brief had been cast aside on the turf. — Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire