Full record for shapeshifting n.

Definition the practice or act of changing shape to adopt the form or another animal or human
OED requirements antedating 1884
Earliest cite A. Lang in M. Hunt Grimm's Household Tales I.
Comment Matthew Hoyt submitted a 1984 cite from Brian Stableford, in David Wingrove's "Science Fiction Source Book". Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1974 reprint of Alan Garner's 1963 "The Moon of Gomrath"; Dave Langford verified the cite in a 1965 edition. Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1995 reprint of A.A. Attanasio's "Solis".

The OED has a citation from 1884.

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Citations for shapeshifting n.

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1963 A. Garner Moon of Gomrath 129 Shape-shifting will take her, if she has need, faster than my horse‥. But I will go if Uthecar will ride with me to point the way.
1963 A. Garner Moon of Gomrath (1974) 117 Shape-shifting will take her, if she has need, faster than my horse‥. But I will go if Uthecar will ride with me to point the way.
1984 B. Stableford The SF Sub-genres in D. Wingrove Sci. Fiction Source Bk. (1984) 58 Within SF itself several writers have played the game of constructing pseudoscientific versions of well-known supernatural phenomena such as shape-shifting (e.g. ‘There Shall Be No Darkness’, 1950, by James Blish) and vampirism (e.g. I Am Legend , 1954, by Richard Matheson).
1993 Locus June 23/2 There are more marriages‥and shapeshifting transformations‥than in a dozen summers' worth of summer-stock Shakespeare.
1993 Locus June 60/3 Ian McDonald's ‘Some Strange Desire’ cooks up cross-gender shape-shifting, secret immortals, and kinky sex.
1994 A. A. Attanasio Solis (1995) 194 Oh, I'm not ending it, Mei dear‥. I'm becoming light—true freedom. No more of this shape-shifting—morphs, clades, and plasmatics—it's disgusting. The light is pure and timeless.