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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 of windigo
1705-1715
1705-15; < Ojibwa wi·ntiko·; cognate with Cree wi·htiko·w
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  • But we must watch that we are not taken unawares by the evil windigo.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • He is a windigo, in league with the evil one and hungering for human flesh.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • He did not intend that the windigo should creep on their camp without his knowing it.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • The windigo at once consented: we got into his canoe, and he ferried us over.

    The Great Lone Land W. F. Butler
  • Rather starve on the Whale, they said, than in the haunted valleys where the voices of the windigo filled the nights with fear.

    The Whelps of the Wolf George Marsh
  • windigo is the Indian name for a man who has eaten human flesh and has learned to like it.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • The windigo soon paddled over to us, and I had a good opportunity of studying his appearance.

    The Great Lone Land W. F. Butler
  • He would soon learn if the hide of a windigo was tough enough to turn the knife-like fangs of Fleur, and the bullets of his 30-30.

    The Whelps of the Wolf George Marsh
  • They might overtake him, and if they did, a windigo could expect no mercy from them.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
British Dictionary definitions for windigo

windigo

/ˈwɪndɪˌɡəʊ/
noun
1.
a variant of wendigo
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