from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who eats human flesh; a cannibal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A man-eater, cannibal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man-eater; a cannibal; a person who eats human flesh. Commonly in the plural.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who eats human flesh
Scientists have even found bones from members of the human lineage bearing tooth marks from this reptile, whose scientific name, Crocodylus anthropophagus, means 'man-eating crocodile.'
Where is the barbarian who would roast a lamb, if it conjured him by an affecting speech not to become at once an assassin, an anthropophagus?
I have been worried to know whether this was owing to some innate depravity of disposition on my part, some malignant torturing instinct, which, under different circumstances, might have made a Fijian anthropophagus of me, or to some law of thought for which I was not answerable.
Crocodylus anthropophagus probably waited patiently for prey to come a little too close to the water's edge before snapping its huge jaws on its victims and sealing their doom.
Lou Densmore, interim chairman of the Department of Biology, said Crocodylus anthropophagus appears to have dined on early human ancestors.
"I remember when Chris sent me the first draft, he said 'I think we should name it anthropophagus.
C. anthropophagus show bite marks interpreted as coming from a crocodile, "Brochu said.
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