Definition of anthropophagus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌanθrəˈpɒfəɡəs/

noun (plural anthropophagi /ˌanθrəˈpɒfəɡʌɪ/)

(Especially in legends or fables) a cannibal.
Example sentences
  • When I saw that, I thought we were in for a latter day Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, with strange beasts and anthropophagi.
  • They did not, sadly, carry the right kind of rifles and so ‘were not equipped for the anthropophagi they encountered… Their heads remain to this day up in the bush of Guadalcanar [sic].’
  • Often they never even encountered the presumed anthropophagi.


Mid 16th century: Latin, from Greek anthrōpophagos 'man-eating', from anthrōpos 'human being' + -phagos (see -phagous).

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