windigo







windigo


windigo [win-di-goh] ExamplesWord Origin 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.

Origin of windigo 1705–15; Ojibwa wi·ntiko·; cognate with Cree wi·htiko·w Also called witigo. Examples from the Web for windigo Historical Examples of windigo

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Windigo at once consented: we got into his canoe, and he ferried us over.

    The Great Lone Land

    W. F. Butler

  • British Dictionary definitions for windigo windigo noun

    1. a variant of wendigo

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