from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In folklore, the magical ability to assume the form and characteristics of a wolf.
- n. A delusion that one has become or assumed the characteristics of a wolf or other animal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of shapeshifting between the form of a human being and an animal (usually a wolf), often done during a full moon, according to legend.
- n. A delusion in which one believes oneself to be a wolf or other wild animal
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The supposed act of turning one's self or another person into a wolf.
- n. A kind of erratic melancholy, in which the patient imagines himself a wolf, and imitates the actions of that animal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The supposed power of certain human beings to change themselves or others temporarily or permanently into wolves or other savage animals. See werewolf.
- n. The belief that certain persons change themselves into wolves or other wild beasts.
- n. A kind of erratic melancholy or madness, in which the patient supposes himself to be a wolf. See lycanthrope.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (folklore) the magical ability of a person to assume the characteristics of a wolf
From Ancient Greek λυκανθρωπία, from λυκάνθρωπος. (Wiktionary)