windigo

windigo

[win-di-goh]
noun
1.
(in the folklore of the Ojibwa and other Indians) a cannibalistic giant, the transformation of a person who has eaten human flesh.
2.
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.
Also called witigo.


Origin:
1705–15; < Ojibwa wi·ntiko·; cognate with Cree wi·htiko·w

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wendigo or windigo (ˈwɛndɪˌɡəʊ, ˈwɪndɪˌɡəʊ)
 
n , -gos, -go, -gos
1.  (among Algonquian Indians) an evil spirit or cannibal
2.  another name for splake
 
[from Algonquian: evil spirit or cannibal]
 
windigo or windigo
 
n
 
[from Algonquian: evil spirit or cannibal]

windigo (ˈwɪndɪˌɡəʊ)
 
n
a variant of wendigo

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