werewolf

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From Middle English werwolf, from Old English werwulf(werewoulf, literally man-wolf), from Proto-Germanic *werawulfaz(wolf-man), from Proto-Germanic elements *weraz(man) + Proto-Germanic *wulfaz(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/

Noun[edit]

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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