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So, is it common among D&D types to use the words "lycanthropy" and "lycanthrope" to refer to any kind of shapeshifting, not just that involving the appearance of wolves? rowley (talk) 16:00, 1 June 2011 (UTC)
Typically, no, shapeshifters are shapeshifters. There is a specific classification of creatures usually determined to involve a curse, under which "lycanthropes" fit. Werewolf is the most commonly known such creature, although there are also werebears, weretigers, wereboars, wererats, among others. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 16:13, 1 June 2011 (UTC)