from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A werewolf.
- n. A person affected with lycanthropy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A werewolf.
- n. A human with a curse that causes involuntary shapeshifting.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A human being fabled to have been changed into a wolf; a werewolf.
- n. One affected with lycanthropy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man superstitiously supposed to be possessed of the power of transforming himself at pleasure into a wolf, and to be endowed while in that shape with its savage propensities; a were-wolf.
- n. A person affected with lycanthropy; one who imagines himself to be a wolf, and acts in conformity with his delusion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a monster able to change appearance from human to wolf and back again
Penny preferred the term lycanthrope, but there was no doubt in Allen’s mind.
“I believe she prefers to be called a lycanthrope,” Aidan offered.
Some traditionalists might raise sand over the notion that the only thing that would phase a lycanthrope is a weapon of silver.
The lycanthrope is a perfectly decent person, except when the skin-turning rage is upon him.
Actually, I don't know whether the word "lycanthrope" really exists or has ever been used by anyone -- okay, it turns out it has -- but I used it in a poem I wrote in college entitled appropriately enough, I think "The Werewolf."
Ruehl Fact: Nina Foch starred as a female lycanthrope who inherited her affliction from her gypsy mother in the horror film, Cry of the Werewolf 1944.
Her body stays human but from the shoulders up she morphs into a lycanthrope.
The Greek legend of King Lycaon of Arcadia being transmogrified into a wolf by Zeus after offending the god by serving him a meal of human flesh gave birth to the scientific term for werewolf, "lycanthrope."
For most of recorded history, the half-man, half-wolf lycanthrope reigned supreme as the creature travellers most feared encountering in the woods and along dark roads at night.
And as the full moon turned Scott into a complete dawg hooking up with Stiles' crush... bad wolf! and Allison got way too cozy with creepy-hot Jackson, the identity of this ever-elusive lycanthrope became even more important to our hairy hero, since his only hope for a cure — and a chance to win back his girl — is to kill the beast that bit him in the first place.
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