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A woman made up to look like a cat for a Halloween party

From Ancient Greek γαλῆ (galê), a contracted form of γαλέη (galéē, weasel) + ἄνθρωπος (ánthrōpos, humanity).



galeanthropy (uncountable)

  1. (rare) A mental condition of thinking that one has become a cat, which is usually manifested in the adoption of feline mannerisms and habits.
    • 1973, M. E. Kerr [pseudonym; Marijane Meaker], chapter 5, in If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever?, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Row, ↑ISBN; republished Tarrytown, N.Y.: Marshall Cavendish, 2009, ↑ISBN, page 49:
      "That is the most interesting delusion I've come across since reading up on galeanthropy," said Sophie. [] / "What's galeanthropy?" I asked. / Sophie said, "It's the delusion that you've been turned into a cat."
    • 1994 May 20, Matthew Marchese, “Tales of Obscure Usage I”, in talk.bizarre, Usenet[1], message-ID <>:
      Meanwhile his frau made loud mewling and scratching noises in the hallway beyond, deep in the throes of advanced galeanthropy.
    • 1996, Charles Harrington Elster, “Dr Elster's Verbal Health Center”, in There's a Word for It!: A Grandiloquent Guide to Life, New York, N.Y.: Scribner, ↑ISBN, page 33:
      One of the finest novels for children ever written, in my opinion, is Paul Gallico's The Abandoned, in which a young boy named Peter, struck by a van while running across the street to pet a cat, falls into a coma and experiences galeanthropy.
    • 1998 April 15, Serenleono, “Re: Touched by Chris Farely”, in alt.religion.angels, Usenet[2], message-ID <>:
      You got through to him?! He [Jack Kevorkian] won't return my calls anymore and his secretary just keeps repeating "No, we don't think suffering from galeanthropy makes one a valid candidate for the doctor's consideration."

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