[lahy-kuh n-throhp, lahy-kan-throhp]
- a person affected with lycanthropy.
- a werewolf or alien spirit in the physical form of a bloodthirsty wolf.
Origin of lycanthrope
1615–25; < Greek lykánthrōpos wolf-man, equivalent to lýk(os) wolf + ánthrōpos man
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Examples from the Web for lycanthrope
In The Albigenses a lycanthrope also is described, a hideous human being that fancies himself a mad wolf.The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction
- a werewolf
- psychiatry a person who believes that he is a wolf
C17: via New Latin, from Greek lukanthrōpos, from lukos wolf + anthrōpos man
Word Origin and History for lycanthrope
1620s in the classical sense; 1825 in the modern sense, from Modern Latin lycanthropus, from Greek lykanthropos "wolf-man" (see lycanthropy).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper