• WordNet 3.6
    • n cannibal a person who eats human flesh
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sawney Beane, his wife, 8 sons, 6 daughters, and 32 grandchildren were a family of cannibals that lived in the caves near Galloway, Scotland in the early 17th Century. Although the total number is not known, it is believed they claimed over 50 victims per year. The entire family was taken by an army detachment to Edinburgh and executed, apparently without trial
    • n Cannibal A human being that eats human flesh; hence, any that devours its own kind.
    • a Cannibal Relating to cannibals or cannibalism. "Cannibal terror."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cannibalism, eating human flesh, is also called anthropophagy.
    • n cannibal A human being who eats human flesh; a human man-eater or anthropophagite.
    • n cannibal Hence Any animal that eats the flesh of members of its own or kindred species.
    • cannibal Pertaining to or characteristic of cannibals or cannibalism: as, “cannibal ferocity,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The crocodile is a cannibal; it will occasionally eat other crocodiles.
    • n Cannibal kan′i-bal one who eats human flesh
    • adj Cannibal relating to cannibalism
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  • Walter Benjamin
    “Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “Nature in America has always been suspect, on the defensive, cannibalized by progress. In America, every specimen becomes a relic.”
  • Stanislaw J. Lec
    Stanislaw J. Lec
    “Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?”
  • Finley Peter Dunne
    “Most vegetarians I ever see looked enough like their food to be classed as cannibals.”
  • Abbie Hoffman
    Abbie Hoffman
    “I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. cannibale,. Columbus, in a letter to the Spanish monarchs written in Oct., 1498, mentions that the people of Haiti 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,


In literature:

Cannibalism, charge of, refuted, 74.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
It may be as you say, neighbour, and then we be cannibals.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
South of Wadai lay the heathen and cannibals of the Congo valley, against which Islam never prevailed.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
I shall certainly rescue you all from my cannibal brother?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And Rakshasas and other cannibals haunted it from one end to the other.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Cases of cannibalism occurred during the Madras famine of 1877.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
Now Robinson knew all this, though he had never yet met any cannibals.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
There was something mysterious about the Cannibal Islands.
"Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature" by Various
But I've often thought how lovely it would be to meet a cannibal.
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour
They threw up a barricade on the shore, above high water mark, to protect themselves against the cannibals.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale

In poetry:

Signs of cannibals,
signs of sky and seaweeds,
here, a hidden world
moans in a lost shell.
"Invention Of Orpheus ( chant I, parts I, II, III )" by Jorge Mateus de Lima
A whisper trembled through the crowd,
Who could the stranger be?
And some were silent, for they thought
A cannibal was he.
"The Mysterious Visitor" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Far, oh, far is the Mango island,
Far, oh, far is the tropical sea —
Palms a-slant and the hills a-smile, and
A cannibal maiden a-waiting for me.
"The Constant Cannibal Maid" by Wallace Irwin
I was wrecked for a while on a Cannibal Isle
And got married without any warning
I was pulled in a wigwam on Saturday night
And pushed out on Sunday morning.
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
And mayst thou to such deeds
Be an abbot and priest,
Singing cannibal greeds
At each devil-wrought feast,
And to all the incredulous world
shewing dimly the sign of the beast.
"Festival" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
But the cannibal maid is a simple creetur
With a habit of gazin’ over the sea,
A-hopin’ in vain for the day I’ll meet ‘er
And constant and faithful a-yearnin’ for me.
"The Constant Cannibal Maid" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

NYC police officer charged in cannibalism plot.
NYC officer arrested in kidnap, cannibalism plot.
NYC Officer Arrested in Ghoulish Kidnap, Cannibalism Plot.
(CNN) — The naked Florida man who chewed off the face of another man last month in a zombie-like cannibal attack used marijuana but not "bath salts" as police had suspected, authorities said Wednesday.
Rudy Eugene's friends recall his last words to them before cannibal causeway attack.
Former classmate 'not shocked' after 'cannibal' cop's arrest.
Cannibalizing Your Relationship to Sustain the "New Lover's" High.
"Cannibal Cop" planned to cook "girl meat" for Thanksgiving.
Alexander Kinyua at center of Harford County cannibalism case.
Cannibalism suspect ordered to mental hospital.
After surviving almost 25 years in the music industry, there are still few things that death metal band Cannibal Corpse has not done.
But beyond that, there's a form of cannibalism that takes place when different types of metals come into direct physical contact with each other.
No iPad cannibalization of Mac sales.
Everything from Pantera and Cannibal Corpse to Cradle of Filth and Iron Maiden.
"The iPad mini launch could cannibalize some iPad sales," Barrett said.

In science:

Finally, the QSOs with elliptical host galaxies may be the end stage of the merger one two disk galaxies, or elliptical host galaxies that have cannibalized a satellite galaxy (such as the z ∼ 0.44 galaxy IRAS PSC 09104+4109: e.g.
Molecular Gas in Infrared-Excess, Optically-Selected QSOs and the Connection with Infrared Luminous Galaxies
Note however that tn In order to understand the reason for this definition we have to be aware of the fact that cannibalism can occur.
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
In this way one can for instance investigate the impact of ecological effects like intraspecific competition or cannibalism on the stability of the system.
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
D in destroying the evidence of luminosity segregation through cannibalism, as originally suggested by Dressler140 .
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
The cD galaxy would grow by cannibalism of its neighbours.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters