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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 ?
2015; Russell 1987a, 1987b; Toussaint 2011), and, in some cases, cannibalistic behaviors, both exocannibalism (the consumption of flesh from out-group members, i.
Exocannibalism is an extension of enmity towards outsiders, who are killed and consumed in a disrespectful, hostile manner.
The most generally used taxonomy includes (1) endocannibalisn, which refers to eating a member of one's own group; (2) exocannibalism, indicating the consumption of outsiders; and (3) autocannibalism, signifying ingesting parts of one's own body, if that can be imagined.