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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 ?
Of course, as every one knew, kinky-haired cannibals no longer obtained on the earth's surface, much less ran around with nothing on, chopping off one another's heads, and, on occasion, a white man's head as well.
I hope I have given some assurance that the adventures of my dog hero in this novel are real adventures in a very real cannibal world.
I remembered a story of a white man --a whaleman too--who, falling among the cannibals, had been tattooed by them.
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.
Unfortunate man of science, after having braved the icebergs of the South Pole, the coral reefs of Oceania, the cannibals of the Pacific, to perish miserably in a railway train
That is true," interjected Clayton, "yet we must not overlook the fact that except for himself the only human beings within hundreds of miles are savage cannibals.
The eyes of all the cannibals were fixed upon him in doubt and fear and eagerness.
It carried him back to his boyhood when he had been excited by tales of wild cannibals in far lands and dreamed some day to see them for himself.
M'ganwazam will rear him carefully, making a good cannibal of him, and if you ever chance to return to civilization it will doubtless afford you much food for thought as you compare the luxuries and comforts of your life with the details of the life your son is living in the village of the Waganwazam.
Tell me not of thy teeth-tiered sharks, and thy kidnapping cannibal ways.
So you say, so you say," the old cannibal murmured soothingly.
They ascended the accommodation ladder, were greeted by the Commodore, hat in hand, and passing along the quarter-deck, the marine guard presented arms, while the band struck up 'The King of the Cannibal Islands'.