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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 classic literature ?
No sooner had he reached the sidewalk (little cannibal that he was
You shuddered as you gazed, and wondered what monstrous cannibal and savage could ever have gone a death-harvesting with such a hacking, horrifying implement.
We had dinner out in that broad open passage be- twixt the house and the kitchen; and there was things enough on that table for seven families -- and all hot, too; none of your flabby, tough meat that's laid in a cupboard in a damp cellar all night and tastes like a hunk of old cold cannibal in the morning.
His hair and clothes were whitened with snow, and his sharp cannibal teeth, revealed by cold and wrath, gleamed through the dark.
Paulvitch had taken to the jungle when he had seen the beasts of Tarzan and their savage lord swarm the deck of the Kincaid, and in his terror lest Tarzan pursue and capture him he had stumbled on deep into the jungle, only to fall at last into the hands of one of the savage cannibal tribes that had felt the weight of Rokoff's evil temper and cruel brutality.
We must absolutely bring down some game to satisfy this cannibal, or else one of these fine mornings, master will find only pieces of his servant to serve him.
After all, they were less human and more remote than our cannibal ancestors of three or four thousand years ago.
With his liberal views, he is apparently considered by the good people of Pittsfield as little better than a cannibal or a'beach-comber.
Vholes and his relations being minor cannibal chiefs and it being proposed to abolish cannibalism, indignant champions were to put the case thus: Make man-eating unlawful, and you starve the Vholeses!
They had escaped shipwreck; conflagration; Indian tomahawks and war-clubs; the fagot and the stake; nay, even the cannibal maws of the South Sea Islanders.
She was the cannibal of the seas, and scarce needed that watchful eye, for she floated immune in the horror of her name.
One reason is that were I to eat pumpkins I would become a cannibal, and the other reason is that I never eat, not being hollow inside.