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  • n. The act of eating another of one's own species.
  • n. In speech, the occurrence of one word "eating" part or all of the next word, because the syllables ar the same. For example, "Look, an MIT shirt" for "Look, an MIT T-shirt".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of eating human flesh by mankind. Hence; Murderous cruelty; barbarity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The eating of human flesh by human beings.
  • n. Hence The eating of any animal by another individual of the same species.

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

  • n. the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind

Etymologies

Spanish: Canibalis: the name given by Christopher Columbus to the Caribs of Cuba and Haiti who allegedly ate human flesh. (Wiktionary)

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