One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the folklore of the northern Algonquian Indians) a cannibalistic giant; a person who has been transformed into a monster by the consumption of human flesh.
- ‘I must see a traveling paper, then you may come stay the night with us so as you will be safe from the wendigos.’
- ‘There's something we forgot to tell you about the wendigo.’
- ‘In the depths of the winter, the windigo seeks to feast on human flesh.’
- ‘Manjimanidoo or evil spirits existed; windigos were especially terrifying spirits who dwelled within lakes and practiced cannibalism.’
- ‘I only hope the Kudo comes and gets him in the night, like the wendigo.’
From Ojibwa wintiko.
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