[ lahy-kuh n-throhp, lahy-kan-throhp ]
/ ˈlaɪ kənˌθroʊp, laɪˈkæn θroʊp /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lycanthrope


/ (ˈlaɪkənˌθrəʊp, laɪˈkænθrəʊp) /


a werewolf
psychiatry a person who believes that he is a wolf

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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