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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cannibal  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cannibal  \Can"ni*bal\,  a. 
  Relating  to  cannibals  or  cannibalism.  ``Cannibal  terror.'' 
  --Burke. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cannibal 
  n  :  a  person  who  eats  human  flesh  [syn:  {man-eater},  {anthropophagus}, 
  {anthropophagite}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CANNIBAL,  n.  A  gastronome  of  the  old  school  who  preserves  the  simple 
  tastes  and  adheres  to  the  natural  diet  of  the  pre-pork  period. 
 
 




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