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 for Werewolf
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Werewolf \Were"wolf`\, n.; pl. Werewolves. [AS. werwulf; wer a
     man + wulf a wolf; cf. G. w[aum]rwolf, w[aum]hrwolf,
     wehrwolf, a werewolf, MHG. werwolf. [root]285. See Were a
     man, and Wolf, and cf. Virile, World.]
     A person transformed into a wolf in form and appetite, either
     temporarily or permanently, whether by supernatural
     influences, by witchcraft, or voluntarily; a lycanthrope.
     Belief in werewolves, formerly general, is not now extinct.
     [1913 Webster]
           The werwolf went about his prey.         --William of
     [1913 Webster]
           The brutes that wear our form and face,
           The werewolves of the human race.        --Longfellow.
     [1913 Webster] Werk

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a monster able to change appearance from human to wolf and
           back again [syn: werewolf, wolfman, lycanthrope,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  46 Moby Thesaurus words for "werewolf":
     Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf-man, ape-man, bogey, bogeyman, bugaboo,
     bugbear, demon, devil, devil incarnate, fee-faw-fum, fiend,
     fiend from hell, frightener, ghost, ghoul, harpy, hellhound,
     hellkite, hobgoblin, holy terror, horror, incubus, jaguar-man,
     lamia, monster, nightmare, ogre, ogress, phantom, revenant,
     scarebabe, scarecrow, scarer, specter, succubus, terror, vampire,
     werecat, werecrocodile, werefox, werehyena, werejaguar, werelion,

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  WEREWOLF, n.  A wolf that was once, or is sometimes, a man.  All
  werewolves are of evil disposition, having assumed a bestial form to
  gratify a beastial appetite, but some, transformed by sorcery, are as
  humane and is consistent with an acquired taste for human flesh.
      Some Bavarian peasants having caught a wolf one evening, tied it
  to a post by the tail and went to bed.  The next morning nothing was
  there!  Greatly perplexed, they consulted the local priest, who told
  them that their captive was undoubtedly a werewolf and had resumed its
  human for during the night.  "The next time that you take a wolf," the
  good man said, "see that you chain it by the leg, and in the morning
  you will find a Lutheran."

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