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RUVAUSH

(ROO-vosh)
The vampire lore of the Gypsies of Romaniatells of a VAMPIRIC WITCH called a ruvaush. Aside from having the ability to create more of its own kind through magic, it can also shape-shift into a wolf, but one that is much larger than a normal wolf. Grevase of Tilbury (1150­1228), a medieval chronicler, was the first person to asso-ciate the transformation of werewolves to the moon and its cycles, but his concept was never popular until it was used by modern fiction writ-ers.
Source: Icon Group International, Victims: Webster's Quotations, 489; Summers, Vampire in Lore and Leg-end, 92
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