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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A human being who eats human flesh; a human man-eater or anthropophagite.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who eats human flesh


From Spanish Caníbalis, name (as recorded by Christopher Columbus) of the allegedly cannibalistic Caribs of Cuba and Haiti, from earlier Carib karibna, person, Carib.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)



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