Windigo definition

(mythology) A malevolent, violent, cannibal spirit found in Anishinaabe, Ojibwe, and Cree mythology, which inhabits the body of a living person and possesses him or her to commit murder.
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A psychological condition specific to some Native American groups, in which a person (in fever-induced delusions) believes that he or she is possessed by a cannibalistic wendigo spirit, or in which society hysterically believes a person to be so possessed.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
windigo
Plural:
windigos

Origin of windigo

  • From Ojibwe wiindigoo. Compare Cree wihtikow/ᐃᐧᐦᑎᑯᐤ (“greedy person; cannibal; giant man-eating monster”).

    From Wiktionary