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shapeshifter

[ sheyp-shif-ter ]

noun

  1. a fictional being that can transform itself from one physical form into another:

    Zeus was a great shapeshifter, taking many unexpected forms, including that of a swan, a gopher, a cloud, and even a shower of gold.



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Other Words From

  • shape·shift verb (used without object)
  • shape·shift·ing noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of shapeshifter1

First recorded in 1885–90; shape ( def ) + shifter ( def )

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Example Sentences

Often the program depicts the shapeshifters as long corkscrews called alpha helices.

This is why monsters like werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, and fairies have also traditionally served as metaphors, standing in for our real-life experiences and identities.

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