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windigo

[win-di-goh] /ˈwɪn dɪˌgoʊ/
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
1705-1715
1705-15; < Ojibwa wi·ntiko·; cognate with Cree wi·htiko·w
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British Dictionary definitions for windigo

wendigo

/ˈwɛndɪˌɡəʊ/
noun (Canadian)
1.
(pl) -gos. (among Algonquian Indians) an evil spirit or cannibal
2.
(pl) -go, -gos another name for splake
Word Origin
from Algonquian: evil spirit or cannibal

windigo

/ˈwɪndɪˌɡəʊ/
noun
1.
a variant of wendigo
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