werewolf late O.E. werewulf "person with the power to turn into a wolf," from wer "man" + wulf (see WOLF (Cf. wolf); also see ↑http://www.etymonline.com/wolf.php here for a short discussion of the mythology). The first element probably is from PIE *uiHro "freeman" (Cf. Skt. vira-, Lith. vyras, L. vir, O.Ir. fer, Goth. wair). Cf. M.Du. weerwolf, O.H.G. werwolf, Swed. varulf. In the ancient Persian calendar, the eighth month (October-November) was Varkazana-, lit. " (Month of the) Wolf-Men."

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