shapeshifting adj.

pertaining to shapeshifting; that shapeshifts

  • 1895 A. Nutt Happy Otherworld vii, in K. Meyer tr. Voyage of Bran I. 211

    We obtain a glimpse of the shape-shifting self-concealing powers of the Tuatha De Danann.

  • 1981 R. Silverberg Thief in Ni-Moya in Asimov’s Science Fiction Dec. 123 page image Robert Silverberg

    The Metamorph province of Piurifayne lay just beyond the mountain range north of the city and a considerable number of the shapeshifting folk had filtered down into Velathys.

  • 1993 Science Fiction Stud. Nov. 404

    These nomadic, shapeshifting, triply-sexed, polymorphously perverse, pleasure-seeking, medusoid, extraterrestrial genetic engineers.

  • 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 13 Ian McDonald

    The halls and landings of his shapeshifting hacienda were occupied by the monochrome likenesses of the brief and bright.

  • 1994 Sci Fi Entertainment Aug. 62/3

    The Bradbury story concerns a group of shape-shifting aliens.

  • 1995 Interzone Feb. 39/2

    The shapeshifting abilities our ancestors had were associated with considerable powers of self-repair and immunity to most diseases, but…how well do you understand the mechanisms of evolution?

  • 2001 Locus June 69/2

    In the end, unexpectedly aided by the shapeshifting creature, Brender outwits the aliens.

  • 2019 Y. H. Lee Dragon Pearl ii. 17 Yoon Ha Lee bibliography

    I turned into the densest, heaviest block of metal I could manage. Gravity yanked me down onto the man’s foot. Mom sneezed in response to my shape-shifting magic. The investigator didn’t scream or grunt, just remained silent. That scared me most of all.

Research requirements

antedating 1895

Earliest cite

A. Nutt in Kuno Meyer Voy. Bran I.

Research History
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2019 cite from Yoon Ha Lee.

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