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noun [C]     /ˈwɪə.wʊlf/ /ˈweə-/ US  /ˈwɪr-/ /ˈwer-/ (plural werewolves)
someone who, in stories, changes into a wolf at the time of the full moon (= when the moon is a complete circle)Legendary and mythological characters
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