cannibal

[kan-uh-buhl]
noun
1.
a person who eats human flesh, especially for magical or religious purposes, as among certain tribal peoples.
2.
any animal that eats its own kind.
adjective
3.
pertaining to or characteristic of a cannibal.
4.
given to cannibalism.

Origin:
1545–55; < Spanish caníbal, variant of caríbal, equivalent to canib-, carib- (< Arawak) + -al -al1; from the belief that the Caribs of the West Indies ate human flesh

cannibally, adverb
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cannibal (ˈkænɪbəl)
 
n
1.  a.  a person who eats the flesh of other human beings
 b.  (as modifier): cannibal tribes
2.  an animal that feeds on the flesh of others of its kind
 
[C16: from Spanish Canibales, name used by Columbus to designate the Caribs of Cuba and Haiti, from Arawak caniba, variant of Carib]

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cannibal
1550s, from Sp. canibal "a savage, cannibal," from Caniba, Christopher Columbus' rendition of the Caribs' name for themselves (see Caribbean). The natives were believed to be anthropophagites. Columbus, seeking evidence that he was in Asia, thought the name meant the natives
were subjects of the Great Khan. Shakespeare's Caliban (in "The Tempest") is a version of this word, with -n- and -l- interchanged, found in Hakluyt's "Voyages" (1599). The Sp. word had reached French by 1515.
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Example sentences
After all, they were less human and more remote than our cannibal ancestors of three or four thousand years ago.
Jaded educators with intellectual knives are such clever cannibal cooks.
If someone wants to be called a vegan cannibal, that's all well and good.
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