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  • n. Someone who can change their skin at will, especially into that of a wolf; a werewolf.


From turn + skin, translating Latin versipellis. (Wiktionary)


  • But the belief that men under certain conditions could also take the shape of animals is primaeval. . . .The Latins called such a man a turnskin -- versipellis, an expression which exactly agrees with the Icelandic expression for the same thing, and which is probably the true original of our turncoat.

    Popular Tales from the Norse

  • I felt that he was a turnskin, and I could never after taste bread with him, not if you would have killed me.

    Gryll Grange

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