Definition of cannibal in English:

cannibal

Line breaks: can¦ni|bal
Pronunciation: /ˈkanɪb(ə)l
 
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noun

1A person who eats the flesh of other human beings: [as modifier]: cannibal tribes
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  • The ship anchored in the French Polynesia, and his encounters with a cannibal tribe there became the subject of his first novel, Typee.
  • Fourteen years ago they were the last cannibal tribe of Papua New Guinea.
  • Typee embellished his sojourn with a cannibal tribe in the Marquesas Islands.
1.1An animal that feeds on flesh of its own species.
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  • Will all the animal food manufacturers please stop using dead animals to feed others of the same species making our pets cannibals?
  • Whereas the humble brownie survives on a meagre diet of crustaceans and fly life, the ferox is a committed cannibal, feeding largely on young fish of its own species.
  • Apparently she saw a hen dispatch and consume a mouse and B.'s decided chickens are despicable cannibals - or at least the ones L. raises.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Spanish Canibales (plural), variant (recorded by Columbus) of Caribes, the name of a West Indian people reputed to eat humans (see Carib).

Derivatives

cannibalism

noun
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  • Look, I'm not saying that we're about to descend into cannibalism or anything.
  • Emphasis is placed on rites of ritual cannibalism designed to appease and support the sun god, which in turn empowered the high chief.
  • And of course there was never any actual cannibalism in the Christian tradition.

cannibalistic

Pronunciation: /-bəˈlɪstɪk/
adjective
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  • The Sala Mpasu's cultivation of a reputation as fierce, cannibalistic warriors aided their bid to retain independence by keeping their enemies off balance.
  • They played cannibalistic or necrophiliac killers, crazed cops and deranged victims in Cat III movies, then went back to standard action movies.
  • He said he was carrying out a request of this individual, who as I mentioned, had cannibalistic fantasies himself.

cannibalistically

Pronunciation: /-bəˈlɪstɪk(ə)li/
adverb
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  • If, as the post-modern theorists have told us, there are no masterpieces left to be made, then the only remaining option is to become culture vultures, cannibalistically gnawing away at what came before.
  • The ban on feeding cows cannibalistically, i.e., parts of other ruminants, went into effect because the practice is the major conduit for infecting healthy cattle with the disease.

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