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OPER

(OO-pur)
Variations: Opir, Opyr, Oupire ("bloodsucker"),
Oupyr, Upar, Vupar
In Belarus, eastern Poland, eastern Slovakia, Russia, and Ukraine, the word that is used to describe a vampire is oper.
Source: Auerbach, Our Vampires, Ourselves, 113; Day, Vampire Myths, 125; Dundes, Vampire Casebook, 14; Summers, Vampire in Europe, 307
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