from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person who eats the flesh of other humans.
  • noun An animal that feeds on others of its own kind.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A human being who eats human flesh; a human man-eater or anthropophagite.
  • noun Hence Any animal that eats the flesh of members of its own or kindred species.
  • Pertaining to or characteristic of cannibals or cannibalism: as, “cannibal ferocity,”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Relating to cannibals or cannibalism.
  • noun A human being that eats human flesh; hence, any that devours its own kind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An organism which eats others of its own species, especially a human who eats human flesh.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who eats human flesh


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Spanish Caníbalis, name (as recorded by Christopher Columbus) of the allegedly cannibalistic Caribs of Cuba and Haiti, from earlier Carib karibna, person, Carib.]

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From Spanish Cannibalis, from Caniba, the Taino form recorded by Christopher Columbus for the Caribs, who were greatly feared. From an Arawakan language, probably Taino.


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