Werecritters and Names

So many people know the term Lycanthrope, a fancy term for Werewolf, a person who turns into a wolf and/or a wolf-human hybrid.

Some RPGs (like Dungeons & Dragons, and Pathfinder) use “Lycanthrope” to refer to all such types of shapechangers, regardless of which animal it is.  Problem is, this is linguistically incorrect.

Lycanthrope comes from two Greek words, Lykos (“wolf”) and Anthropos (“human”), which works fine for werewolves but not other werecreatures.  Using the Greek word for whatever animal it is they turn into as the prefix would be more appropriate.

With that in mind, here’s what I’ve cobbled together:

A more correct proper term for such shapechangers as a whole would be Therianthrope, from Therion (“beast” or “wild animal”) + Anthropos – a term I first encountered in the AD&D 2nd Ed. Monster Manual – or Zoanthrope, from Zoion (“animal” or “living being”) + Anthropos.

  • Wereape = Pithekanthrope, from Pithekos (“Ape”) + Anthropos
  • Werebat = Chiropteranthrope, from Chiroptera (from Cheir “Hand” + Pteron “Wing”) + Anthropos
  • Werebear = Arktanthrope, from Arktos (“Bear”) + Anthropos
  • Wereboar = Kapranthrope, form Kapros (“Boar”) + Anthropos
  • Werecat = Ailouranthrope, from Ailouros (Greek name for Bast & for Egyptian cats) + Anthropos
  • Werecow = Bouanthrope, from Bous (“Cow”) + Anthropos
  • Werecrocodile = Souchanthrope, from Souchos (“Crocodile”) + Anthropos
  • Weredeer = Elefanthrope, from Elafi (“Deer”) + Anthropos
  • Weredog = Kyontanthrope, from Kyon, Kyontos (“Dog/Hound”) + Anthropos
  • Weredolphin = Delphanthrope, from Delphis (“Dolphin”) + Anthropos
  • Weredonkey = Gaidaranthrope, from Gaidaros (“Donkey”) + Anthropos
  • Wereeagle = Ornanthrope, from Ornis (“Bird/Eagle”) + Anthropos
  • Wereelephant = Elephanthrope, from Elephas (“Elephant”) + Anthropos
  • Weregiraffe = Kamelopardanthrope, from Kamelopard (from Kamelos “Camel” + Pardos “Leopard”) + Anthropos
  • Weregoat = Traganthrope, from Tragos (“Goat”) + Anthropos
  • Werehorse = Hippanthrope, from Hippos (“Horse”) + Anthropos
  • Werelion = Leanthrope, from Leon (“Lion”) + Anthropos
  • Werelizard = Crocodilanthrope, from Crocodilos (“Lizard”) + Anthropos
  • Weremouse = Musanthrope, from Mus (“Mouse”) + Anthropos
  • Werepig = Khoiranthrope, from Khoiros (“Pig”) + Anthropos
  • Wererat = Arouraianthrope, from  Arouraios (“Rat”) + Anthropos
  • Wereshark = Karcharianthrope, from Karcharias (“Sharp-Tooth”) + Anthropos
  • Wereserpent = Drakontanthrope, from Drakon, Drakontos (“Serpent”) + Anthropos
  • Weresquid = Kalamoanthrope, from Kalamos (the Grerek word for squid, literally meaning “reed/tube/pen”) + Anthropos
  • Wereswan = Kyknanthrope, from Kyknos (“Swan”) + Anthropos
  • Weretiger = Tigranthrope, from Tigris (“Tiger”) + Anthropos
  • Werevulture = Aegypianthrope, from Aegypius (“Vulture”) + Anthropos
  • Werewhale = Falenanthrope, from Falena (“Whale”) + Anthropos


Greek did of course have its own words for many things, but some were borrowed from other cultures, and some things were named by combining the names of two or more things.

  • Cats & Big Cats: These are really tricky, since for one thing the Ancient Greeks didn’t really have cats until they met the Egyptians.  (What was the most common housepet for the Ancient Greeks?  Weasels!)  Ailuros was what they called the Egyptian cats (and was itself the Greek word for the Egyptian goddess Bast, whom they likened to Artemis), but after interacting with those and other breeds of cats for a while they adapted the Latin word for cats, cattus.  As for the big cats… things get confusing.  The word “leopard” comes from Leon (Greek word for lion) + Pardos (Greek for panther), since it was believed leopards were the offspring of a lion and a panther.  But the word “panther” itself is a folk etymology stemming from the Greek words Pan (“all”) + Therion (”beast”).  Tigris is the Greek word for tiger, but that came from either Latin or Persian.

  • (Pantherianthrope could refer not to a werepanther but to someone who could shift into any animal form!)

  • Giraffe: Supposedly, when the Greeks first saw giraffes, they thought they looked like camels with the spots of a leopard, so the called them camel-leopards, or camelopards.  (The Ancient Greek term for baboons?  Khoiropithekos, from Khoiros + Pithekos, since they were thought to look like monkeys with pig snouts.) “Cameleopard” was a not uncommon term for giraffes in some parts of the world on up to the 19th century!

If I’ve gotten anything wrong, or you know of a better word, please let me know!

EDIT: Another thing about the word “werewolf” is that the “were” part means “adult male”; “werewolf” is literally “man-wolf.”  The word “woman” is derived from wifman, a combination of “man” and wif, meaning an adult female and surviving with an altered meaning in the form “wife.”  If you wanted to construct an etymologically accurate term for a female lycanthrope, it’d be something like wifwolf (wifshark, wiftigress, et cetera).

gvldenpash  asked:

okay ii hope you have time for this but i trust you guys to handle my fic needs,, do you know any good, dirty daddy kink fic? (please no peter, sheriff, chris!) bonus points for daddy!derek

Oh yes, @deadk1ds So much filthy daddy!Derek. - Anastasia

Originally posted by use-me-holly

suck it, pup by DenaCeleste

(1/1 I 843 I Explicit I Sterek I PWP)

Stiles has an oral fixation, and Derek has something pretty specific in mind for his pup’s enjoyment.

Spoiled by SterekvsSteter

(1/1 I 875 I Explicit I Sterek I First Time)

Stiles is just barely underage and Derek refuses to touch him until his birthday, but Stiles knows all the right buttons to push to get what he wants.

Alpha’s Heat by TombRaider008

(1/1 I 1,192 I Mature I Sterek I Knotting)

Stiles finds Derek in his bedroom. In heat. Wearing his batman boxer briefs, sniffling his used lacrosse jersey and dry humping the living daylights out of his bed. Sexy times ensured.

The attack of the werecow by DanielCraig

(1/1 I 1,478 I Explicit I Sterek I Crossdressing, Knotting, Fuck or Die)

“You must be bred within the next 2 hours or you will die!!” Derek kun growled out as he pulled out his baby making wiener.

Fucked My Way To The Top by strikeuptheband

(1/1 I 1,511 I Explicit I Sterek I Dirty Talk)

Just a really quick little thingy I wrote. Didn’t really think twice about it. Derek rents Stiles for the night and it’s the best experience like ever.

That’s My Baby Boy, Scott! by cabinfeverdreams

(3/3 I 1,729 I Teen I Sciles)

“Pass me the salt, daddy?” As soon as the words are out his mouth, he realizes his mistake as Scott and his dad both reach for the salt.

It was a Challenge!! by Kalin

(1/1 I 2,444 I Not Rated I Sterek I Panty Kink)

Derek has a kink. Stiles finds out about said kink. Let’s just say faerie godmothers kinda exist. SMUT!

A place of their own by With_love_from_lahey

(1/1 I 3,065 I Explicit I Derek/Isaac/Stiles I BDSM)

Stiles wasn’t sure how to ask for what he needed and when he finally started getting it Isaac had to come throw everything off. Well maybe not, maybe he was just what they needed

Tales From Under Derek Hale by ColetheWolf

(1/1 I 5,199 I Explicit I Sterek I Stepfather/Stepson)

Derek is always hungry for sex and Stiles has absolutely no problem with it.

Yes Sir by teen_stilinski

(2/? I 5,374 I Explicit I Sterek, Allydia, Scira I Student/Teacher)

Stiles Stilinski finds himself in awe of his new Chemistry teacher Mr Hale, so much so he begins to fail the class because he’s not concentrating enough. The two need to work out a little arrangement…

Pretty When You Cry by strikeuptheband

(4/? I 8,246 I Explicit I Sterek, Scisaac I Lawyer!Derek, Tennis Player!Stiles)

All the pretty stars shine for you, my love. Am I that girl that you dream of? All those little times you said that I’m your girl. You make me feel like your whole w o r l d

hang up your pup habit, hang it up daddy by DenaCeleste

(7/? I 17,541 I Explicit I Sterek I Puppy Play)

Derek was headed for Pup Habit, a wonderful place where Alpha werewolves could relax and have all sorts of fun around pups, non-Alpha werewolf and human alike. He’d been looking forward to this trip for months, but he didn’t count on Stiles butting into things.

Stiles didn’t know where Derek thought he was going, but he looked happy about it. That was a freaky enough occurrence to pique Stiles’ curiosity, so he insisted on joining in. He didn’t expect to arrive at a house full of people pretending to be puppies with people who actually turned into wolves in charge. He certainly didn’t expect he’d become Derek’s personal pup.

But that’s exactly what happened.

Nothing is easy by shamelesssmut

(11/? I 31,352 I Explicit I Sterek I PWP)

A story about the life of Derek and Stiles where everything changes and the only thing that reminds the same is their endless love. Done through Role play.

You’re Just a Punk (But I Like That) by kissmeasifall

(10/? I 35,079 I Explicit I Sterek, Sciles)

Stiles is technically maybe grounded so he goes off to the mall with Lydia (aka his best friend). He manages to run into Derek Hale – his fathers top deputy and right hand man – and he quickly realizes he has to find an innovative way out of this situation. In other words, he needs to keep Derek’s mouth shut.

Thus starts the whirlwind that becomes Stiles Stilinski’s life.

Listening to Souless by Gail Carriger and I’ve gotten the part where Alexia is first talking in depth to the American scientist guy and he’s just said “I’m having trouble finding dead werewolves/vampires”

And now I think he’s the reason behind everything. He’s studying soul-weight or whatever and vamps/werecows are going missing and new ones are cropping up…accidental (or for real) evil scientist?