windigo

[ win-di-goh ]
/ ˈwɪn dɪˌgoʊ /

noun

(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.

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Also called witigo.

Origin of windigo

1705–15; <Ojibwa 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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