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windigo

[ win-di-goh ]
/ ˈwɪn dɪˌgoʊ /
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noun
(in the folklore of the Ojibwe and other Algonquian peoples) a cannibalistic giant, the transformation of a person who has eaten human flesh.
Psychiatry. a culture-specific syndrome occurring primarily among the Ojibwe and other Algonquian peoples and characterized by fever-induced delusions that one is being possessed by a cannibalistic giant.
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Also called witigo.

Origin of windigo

First recorded in1705–15; from Ojibwe wi·ntiko·; cognate with Cree wi·htiko·w
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British Dictionary definitions for windigo

windigo
/ (ˈwɪndɪˌɡəʊ) /

noun
a variant of wendigo
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