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kastoranthropy

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Formed from Greek κάστορας + άνθρωπος.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kæstəˈɹænθɹəpi/

NounEdit

kastoranthropy (uncountable)

  1. (used only by Pynchon) The delusion that one is a beaver; the condition of being a werebeaver.
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      The next morning he is found down-hill from his House, beside the fishing-Pond, lying among remnants of gnaw’d Shrubs, with fragments of half-eaten water-lillies protruding from his Mouth. ‘Kastoranthropy,’ Professor Voam shaking his head, ‘And haven’t I seen it do things to a man. Tragick.’