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REVENANT

(Rev-a-nint)
The word revenant, a variation of the Frenchword revenir ("to return"), simply means "one who has returned after death or a long absence." It is used in vampiric lore to describe any being or creature that has died, risen up from its grave, and returned to a kind of "unlife" (or UNDEATH) among the living. Not all revenants are vampires, although many types of vampires are revenants.
Source: Ashley, The Complete Book of Vampires; Barber, Vampire, Burial and Death, 85; Day, Vampires, 194
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