Why was "tantrum" trending last week?

long pig

(among the Maori and Polynesian peoples) human flesh as food for cannibals.
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for long pig
  • Recently, the sixth graders had their final lab of the year, in which they focused on dissecting a three-foot-long pig.
  • We've got a long pig-iron poniard with a fingerprint-proof handle made of tightly wrapped string.
British Dictionary definitions for long pig

long pig

(obsolete) human flesh eaten by cannibals
Word Origin
translation of a Māori and Polynesian term
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for long pig

"human being eaten as food," 1848, in a Pacific Islander context:

Bau literally stank for many days, human flesh having been cooked in every house, and the entrails thrown outside as food for pigs, or left to putrefy in the sun. The Somosomo people were fed with human flesh during their stay at Bau, they being on a visit at that time; and some of the Chiefs of other towns, when bringing their food, carried a cooked human being on one shoulder, and a pig on the other; but they always preferred the "long pig," as they call a man when baked. ["FEEJEE.--Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Watsford, dated Ono, October 6th, 1846." in "Wesleyan Missionary Notices," Sept. 1847]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for long pig

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for long

Scrabble Words With Friends