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anthropophagy

[an-thruh-pof-uh-jee] /ˌæn θrəˈpɒf ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the eating of human flesh; cannibalism.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Greek anthrōpophagía. See anthropo-, -phagy
Related forms
anthropophagic
[an-thruh-puh-faj-ik, -fey-jik] /ˌæn θrə pəˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk/ (Show IPA),
anthropophagical, anthropophagous
[an-thruh-pof-uh-guh s] /ˌæn θrəˈpɒf ə gəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
anthropophagously, adverb
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Examples for anthropophagy
  • Biologists call this practice anthropophagy to reduce the emotional sting of the word cannibalism.
Word Origin and History for anthropophagy
anthropophagy
"cannibalism," from Fr. anthropophagie, from Gk. anthropophagia, from anthropophagos "man-eater," from anthropo- + stem of phagein "to eat" (see -phagous).
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