meaning of cannibal

cannibal meaning in General Dictionary

concerning cannibals or cannibalism

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  • a person being that consumes man skin therefore any that devours its very own sort
  • an individual who eats real human skin
  • A human being that consumes human being flesh; thus, any that devours unique sort.
  • associated with cannibals or cannibalism.

cannibal meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"human that eats peoples flesh," 1550s, from Spanish canibal, caribal "a savage, cannibal," from Caniba, Christopher Columbus' rendition of the Caribs' title on their own (see Caribbean). The locals had been believed to be anthropophagites. Columbus, pursuing proof which he was at Asia, thought title required the locals had been topics of Great Khan. Shakespeare's Caliban (in "The Tempest") is from a version for this word, with -n- and -l- interchanged, found in Hakluyt's "Voyages" (1599). The Spanish term had reached French by 1515. Applied of creatures from 1796. A classic English word for "cannibal" had been self

Sentence Examples with the word cannibal

It was, however, about this time ravaged by cannibal invaders (Bangala) from the interior, and Portuguese influence gradually declined.

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