windigo

noun
win·​di·​go | \ ˈwində̇ˌgō \
variants: or less commonly wendigo \ ˈwen-​ \
plural -s

Definition of windigo

: a cannibalistic creature of Algonquian mythology believed to have been a lost hunter forced by hunger to eat human flesh and thereafter to have become a crazed man-eating ogre roaming the forest

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“Windigo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/windigo. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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