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can·ni·bal

 (kăn′ə-bəl)
n.
1. A person who eats the flesh of other humans.
2. An animal that feeds on others of its own kind.

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

can′ni·bal·ism n.
can′ni·bal·is′tic adj.

cannibal

(ˈkænɪbəl)
n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology)
a. a person who eats the flesh of other human beings
b. (as modifier): cannibal tribes.
2. an animal that feeds on the flesh of others of its kind
[C16: from Spanish Canibales, name used by Columbus to designate the Caribs of Cuba and Haiti, from Arawak caniba, variant of Carib]

can•ni•bal

(ˈkæn ə bəl)

n.
1. a person who eats human flesh, esp. for magical or religious purposes.
2. any animal that eats its own kind.
adj.
3. pertaining to or like a cannibal.
4. given to cannibalism.
[1545–55; < Sp caníbal, variant of caríbal <canib-, carib- (< Arawak)]
can′ni•bal•ly, adv.

cannibal

- When Columbus was trying to find the Spice Islands, he was told of a tribe of man-eating natives in Cuba and Haiti called Caribs (from which we get Caribbean) or Caniba (Columbus' rendition of the name); the word canib, meaning "brave and fierce," became cannibal, meaning "anthropophagite," a person who eats human flesh.
See also related terms for tribe.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cannibal - a person who eats human fleshcannibal - a person who eats human flesh  
barbarian, savage - a member of an uncivilized people
Translations
إنْسانٌ يأكُلُ لَحْم البَشَر
kaniballidožrout
kannibalmenneskeæder
kannibaali
kaniballjudožder
kannibálsaját fajtáját felfaló
dÿr sem étur dÿr af eigin tegundmannæta
kanibalaskanibališkaskanibalizmasžmogėdražmogėdriškas
dzīvnieks, kas ēd savus mazuļuskanibāls
kaniballudożerca
kanibal
ljudožerec
ljudožder
kendi türünü yiyen hayvanyamyam

cannibal

[ˈkænɪbəl]
A. ADJantropófago
B. Ncaníbal mf, antropófago/a m/f

cannibal

[ˈkænɪbəl] ncannibale mf, anthropophage mf

cannibal

n (= person)Kannibale m, → Kannibalin f, → Menschenfresser(in) m(f); these insects are cannibalsdiese Insekten fressen sich gegenseitig
adjkannibalisch; animalssich gegenseitig auffressend

cannibal

[ˈkænɪbl] ncannibale m/f

cannibal

(ˈkӕnibəl) noun
1. a person who eats human flesh.
2. an animal etc which eats others of its own species.
ˈcannibalism noun
ˌcannibaˈlistic adjective
References in periodicals archive ?
The ritual of endocannibalism is seen as a way of strengthening the tribe and keeping the spirit of the deceased alive.
In contrast, endocannibalism involves the eating of near kin in rituals intended to honour and respect the dead, and assist in their passage to the world of the ancestors.
In another story, the curse on the House of Atreus was brought about by a deceptive form of endocannibalism.
One of the most common consists in considering accidental or exceptional cannibalism--most often survival cannibalism during famine periods--as opposed to institutional cannibalism, which can be divided into two main categories: endocannibalism, usually funerary, and exocannibalism, mainly related to war.