Definition of cannibal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkænɪbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænɪbl//
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  1. 1a person who eats human flesh a tribe of cannibals
  2. 2an animal that eats the flesh of other animals of the same kind
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Spanish Canibales (plural), variant (recorded by Columbus) of Caribes, the name of a West Indian people reputed to eat humans.
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