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[lahy-kuh n-throhp, lahy-kan-throhp]
  1. a person affected with lycanthropy.
  2. a werewolf or alien spirit in the physical form of a bloodthirsty wolf.
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Origin of lycanthrope

1615–25; < Greek lykánthrōpos wolf-man, equivalent to lýk(os) wolf + ánthrōpos man
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Historical Examples of lycanthrope

  • In The Albigenses a lycanthrope also is described, a hideous human being that fancies himself a mad wolf.

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British Dictionary definitions for lycanthrope


  1. a werewolf
  2. psychiatry a person who believes that he is a wolf
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Word Origin for lycanthrope

C17: via New Latin, from Greek lukanthrōpos, from lukos wolf + anthrōpos man
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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).

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