Cannibal meaning

kănə-bəl
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A person who eats human flesh.
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The definition of a cannibal is an animal that eats the flesh of other animals in the same species.

A person who eats the flesh of another person is an example of a cannibal.

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An animal that feeds on others of its own kind.
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A person who eats the flesh of other humans.
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An animal that eats its own kind.
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Of, resembling, or having the habits of cannibals.
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An organism which eats others of its own species, especially a human who eats human flesh.

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Origin of cannibal

  • From Spanish Caníbalis name (as recorded by Christopher Columbus) of the allegedly cannibalistic Caribs of Cuba and Haiti from earlier Carib karibna person, Carib

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish Cannibalis, from Caniba, the Taino form recorded by Christopher Columbus for the Caribs, who were greatly feared. From an Arawakan language, probably Taino.

    From Wiktionary