Full record for shapechanging n.

Definition the act of or ability to shapechange
OED requirements antedating 1964
Earliest cite H. R. Ellis Davidson 'Gods and Myths of Northern Europe'
Comment Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1973 reprint of H.R. Ellis Davidson's "Gods and Myths of Northern Europe"; Cory Panshin found a cite in the 1964 first publication. Douglas Winston submitted a 1969 cite from Michael Kurland's "The Unicorn Girl"

Earliest cite in the OED: 1978.

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for shapechanging n.

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1964 H. R. E. Davidson Gods & Myths Northern Europe 145 In Ynglinga Saga, however, Snorri gives us a somewhat different picture, emphasizing Odin's skill in magic lore, and his power of shapechanging.
1964 H. R. E. Davidson Gods & Myths N. Europe (1973) 146 In Ynglinga Saga , however, Snorri gives us a somewhat different picture, emphasizing Odin's skill in magic lore, and his power of shape-changing.
1969 M. Kurland Unicorn Girl xii. 153 It felt funny, talking with a dinosaur's mouth. Of course this was just a form of projection, not true shape-changing, but still, even to me I looked like a dinosaur.
1969 M. Z. Bradley Brass Dragon (1980) viii. 139 There are other shape-changing races, some of them less human in appearance than the dikri.
1989 M. Z. Bradley Heirs of Hammerfell xx. 285 Shapechanging has given rise to many legends; but I have never done it.
1991 Locus Nov. 33/1 Pat Murphy's ‘South of Oregon City’ is a nice historical portrait of shapechanging in the Pacific Northwest.
1991 C. S. Friedman Black Sun Rising xvii. 131 Shapechanging is‥ technically feasible.
1992 Locus June 58/3 The outstanding tales here are fine additions to the literature of shapechanging.