man-eater

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n man-eater large aggressive shark widespread in warm seas; known to attack humans
    • n man-eater a person who eats human flesh
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • n Man-eater (Zoöl) One who, or that which, has an appetite for human flesh; specifically, one of certain large sharks (esp. Carcharodon carcharias syn. Carcharodon Rondeleti); also, a lion or a tiger which has acquired the habit of feeding upon human flesh.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n man-eater A cannibal.
    • n man-eater In India, a tiger that has acquired a taste for human flesh; a tiger supposed or known to have a special propensity for killing and eating human beings. The name is sometimes extended to the lion and the hyena, on the same supposition.
    • n man-eater One of several kinds of large sharks supposed to be specially formidable to man; specifically, Carcharodon rondeleti, a very large shark of the family Lamnidæ. This shark has straight narrow triangular teeth, very slightly serrated or crenulated, in both jaws. The body is stout and fusiform, with a pointed snout; there are two dorsal fins, one large, between the pectorals and the ventrals, the other small and posterior; the anal fin is like the second dorsal; the caudal fin is crescentiform; and there are five branchial apertures, all in front of the pectorals. It has been found 40 feet long, though it averages so much less that 13 feet is a good size. It is a shark of the high seas, found in nearly all tropical waters, frequently passing a considerable distance both northward and southward. Teeth much like those of the living species have been found in the Pliocene and Miocene deposits, as well as in the ooze of the Pacific ocean, indicating individuals that must have been about 80 feet long.
    • n man-eater The dobson or hellgrammite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Man-eater a cannibal: a tiger
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mann; Ger. mann, Dut. man, L. masmans, a male, Sans. manu, a man.

Usage

In literature:

If he's a man-eater, he'd do that.
"The Pirate Shark" by Elliott Whitney
I heard one lion story that makes the man-eaters of Tsavo seem like vegetarians.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
Man is a universal eater.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
They always do that to see whether they are man-eaters.
"The Rajah of Dah" by George Manville Fenn
I have shot a `man-eater' from the back of an elephant, and I found that the skin was not worth taking.
"The Mission; or Scenes in Africa" by Captain Frederick Marryat
You might interest a man-eater by initiating him, but would you destroy his appetite?
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
There was a tribe of man-eaters beyond the Big River and we didn't try to capture any of them.
"Frontier Boys on the Coast" by Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
I will take with me but six and Stephen the Eater, my man.
"The Sundering Flood" by William Morris
Suppose, too, that there were man-eaters in the neighbourhood.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Nice congratulations, you old man-eater.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
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In news:

Here's the story of a man who went from 120 lbs and had to be hospitalized for anorexia , to how he recovered to not only become a body builder but also a competitive eater named Furious Pete.
Alligator rescue mission goes horribly wrong as a local scientist makes a futile attempt to help a man-eater.
Man-eater: Hall bitten by Oates.
A Big Coppitt Key man was arrested Tuesday, charged with emptying a home of its appliances -- the refrigerator, the stove, tools, a wood chipper and a Weed Eater.
Man- eater : Hall bitten by Oates.
Professional eater and bodybuilder Randy Santel will attempt to be the first man to conquer Moose Brothers BBQ's "Mega Moose Challenge" at 6 pm Saturday.
Many man-eaters are wounded or old.
In anticipation of the fast-approaching Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays, Larry Rosenblum of Rittenhouse's Spread Bagelry (262 S 20th St.) has issued a public challenge to prolific television eater/Jewish guy Adam Richman of Man v.
Most wise people run a mile when they see a grizzly bear but one reckless couple literally look death in the eye every day by inviting one of the man-eaters into their home.
Man-eater: Hall bitten by Oates .
Argyle the sin -eater came the day after— a narrow, hungry man whose laughter and the wicked upturn of his one eyebrow put the local folks in mind of trouble.
Darpa's Self-Feeding Sentry Robot is Not a Man-Eater, Company Protests.
Here's the story of a man who went from 120 lbs and had to be hospitalized for anorexia, to how he recovered to not only become a body builder but also a competitive eater named Furious Pete.
A man in Waco is the latest to join the line-up of flesh eaters, this time feasting on a canine.
Face-Eater Attack in China Brian Ashcraft Late last month, a naked man in Miami was fatally shot after he wouldn't stop chewing on another man's face.
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