from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To eat (parts of) another of one's own species.
  • v. To remove parts of (a machine, etc) for use in other similar machines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. to eat human flesh.
  • transitive v. to use parts of (something, such as a machine), to repair something else.

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

  • v. eat human flesh
  • v. use parts of something to repair something else


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