Graverobbers were called ghouls.
ghoul definition by Webster's New World
- Muslim Folklore an evil spirit that robs graves and feeds on the flesh of the dead
- a person who robs graves
- a person who derives pleasure from loathsome acts or things
Origin: Arabic ghūl, demon of the desert ; from ghāla, to seize
ghoul definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One who delights in the revolting, morbid, or loathsome.
- A grave robber.
- An evil spirit or demon in Muslim folklore believed to plunder graves and feed on corpses.
Origin: Arabic ġūl, from ġāla, to seize, snatch; see ġwl in Semitic roots.
- ghoulˈish adjective
- ghoulˈish·ly adverb
- ghoulˈish·ness noun