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See also: nosferatu



Possibly from a Romanian word for vampire. The term achieved popular currency through Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula and F. W. Murnau's 1922 German film Nosferatu. See also: Wikipedia's article on the etymology of the word (and the references there).



Nosferatu (plural Nosferatu)

  1. A vampire.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, published 1993, page 192:
      "Friend Arthur, if you had met that kiss [...] you would in time, when you had died, have become nosferatu, as they call it in Eastern Europe, and would all time make more of those Un-Deads that so have filled us with horror."
    • 2018, Kevin Jackson, "Something to Sink Your Teeth Into", Literary Review, November 2018:
      Those of us who have dabbled much in the lore of the nosferatu tend to think of them as imaginative creations of the German and English Romantics, and not without reason.