- (in the folklore of the Ojibwa and other Indians) a cannibalistic giant, the transformation of a person who has eaten human flesh.
- Psychiatry. a culture-specific syndrome occurring primarily among the Ojibwa and related Indian peoples and characterized by fever-induced delusions that one is being possessed by such a giant.
Origin of windigo
1705–15; < Ojibwa wi·ntiko·; cognate with Cree wi·htiko·w
Also called witigo.
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Examples from the Web for windigo
They might overtake him, and if they did, a Windigo could expect no mercy from them.
He did not intend that the Windigo should creep on their camp without his knowing it.
But we must watch that we are not taken unawares by the evil Windigo.
He is a Windigo, in league with the evil one and hungering for human flesh.
The Windigo at once consented: we got into his canoe, and he ferried us over.The Great Lone Land
W. F. Butler
- a variant of wendigo