from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A snake god of voodoo cults in West Africa, Haiti, and the southern United States.
- n. A supernatural power or spell that according to voodoo belief can enter into and reanimate a corpse.
- n. A corpse revived in this way.
- n. One who looks or behaves like an automaton.
- n. A tall mixed drink made of various rums, liqueur, and fruit juice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A snake god or fetish in religions of West Africa and elsewhere.
- n. A person, usually undead, animated by unnatural forces (such as magic), with no soul or will of his/her own.
- n. A deceased person who becomes reanimate to attack the living.
- n. An apathetic person.
- n. A human being in a state of extreme mental exhaustion.
- n. A process or task which has terminated but was not removed from the list of processes, typically because it has child processes that have not yet terminated.
- n. A computer affected by malware which causes it to do whatever the attacker wants it to do without the user's knowledge.
- n. A cocktail of rum and fruit juices.
- n. A hypothetical person who lacks self awareness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a god of voodoo cults of African origin worshipped especially in West Indies
- n. a dead body that has been brought back to life by a supernatural force
- n. (voodooism) a spirit or supernatural force that reanimates a dead body
- n. several kinds of rum with fruit juice and usually apricot liqueur
- n. someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way
Caribbean French and English Creole, from Kimbundu -zumbi, ghost, departed spirit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Bantu. Compare Kikongo zumbi (fetish), Kimbundu nzambi (god), and Caribbean folklore's jumbee (a spirit or demon). May also be related to sombra. (Wiktionary)