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Meaning of CANNIBAL

Pronunciation:  'kanubul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a person who eats human flesh

CANNIBAL is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: anthropophagite, anthropophagus, man-eater
 See Also: barbarian, savage



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Can"ni*bal\, n. [Cf. F. cannibale. Columbus, in a
    letter to the Spanish monarchs written in Oct., 1498,
    mentions that the people of Hayti lived in great fear of the
    Caribales (equivalent to E. Caribbees.), the inhabitants of
    the smaller Antilles; which form of the name was afterward
    changed into NL. Canibales, in order to express more forcibly
    their character by a word intelligible through a Latin root
    ``propter rabiem caninam anthropophagorum gentis.'' The
    Caribbees call themselves, in their own language. Calinago,
    Carinago, Calliponam, and, abbreviated, Calina, signifying a
    brave, from which Columbus formed his Caribales.]
    A human being that eats human flesh; hence, any that devours
    its own kind. --Darwin.
  2. \Can"ni*bal\, a.
    Relating to cannibals or cannibalism. ``Cannibal terror.''
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