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2023-10-30 13:00 作者: 来源: 本站 浏览: 5 views Make a Comment 字号:

摘要: Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 30, 2023 is: werewolf • \WAIR-woolf\  &#...

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 30, 2023 is:

werewolf • \WAIR-woolf\  • noun

Werewolf refers to a person transformed into a wolf or capable of assuming a wolf's form, especially during the full moon.

// She went to the Halloween party dressed as a werewolf, wearing faux fur from head to toe.

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Examples:

"With her brother and sister, Marnie follows her grandma to a city called Halloweentown, where ghosts and goblins and werewolves live side by side." — Claudia Guthrie, ELLE, 28 Aug. 2023

Did you know?

Although English sometimes makes use of other words for howling humanoid beasties, werewolf is the leader of the pack. It’s also an ancient word, tracing all the way back to the Old English werwulf, and before that to a prehistoric predecessor that also left its paw prints on German (Werwolf) and Dutch (weerwolf). Synonyms for werewolf in English include the obscure lycanthrope, which has roots in two Greek words (lykos, meaning "wolf," and anthrōpos, meaning "human being"), and loup-garou, which comes from Old French. Whichever you use, the lycanthropic creatures these words refer to most often assume wolf form during a full moon—at least in works of fiction. There are no credible studies to date on the behavior of real-life werewolves, as scientists have yet to find the silver bullet that proves they exist.



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