Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Werewolf"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Werewolf \Were"wolf`\, n.; pl. {Werewolves}. [AS. werwulf; wer a
man + wulf a wolf; cf. G. w["a]rwolf, w["a]hrwolf, wehrwolf,
a werewolf, MHG. werwolf. [root]285. See {Were} a man, and
{Wolf}, and cf. {Virile}, {World}.]
A person transformed into a wolf in form and appetite, either
temporarily or permanently, whether by supernatural
influences, by witchcraft, or voluntarily; a lycanthrope.
Belief in werewolves, formerly general, is not now extinct.

The werwolf went about his prey. --William of

The brutes that wear our form and face, The werewolves
of the human race. --Longfellow.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : a monster able to change appearance from human to wolf [syn:
{wolfman}, {lycanthrope}]

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