windigo: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (win'di-gō"), [key]
— n.
  1. (in the folklore of the Ojibwa and other Indians) a cannibalistic giant, the transformation of a person who has eaten human flesh.
  2. 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
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