wiindigoo

OjibweEdit

EtymologyEdit

The Proto-Algonquian term was *wīntekōwa, which probably originally meant "owl" (Goddard 1969, cited in Brightman 1988:340).

NounEdit

wiindigoo (plural: wiindigoog)

  1. (Algonquian mythology) A malevolent cannibalistic spirit into which humans may transform, or which may possess humans: a wendigo/windigo.
  2. A cannibalistic or man-eating giant or monster which may appear in the winter.
    • wiindigoowi!
      He/she is a wendigo!

Derived termsEdit

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