an·​thro·​poph·​a·​gus | \ ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈpä-fə-gəs How to pronounce anthropophagus (audio) \
plural anthropophagi\ ˌan(t)-​thrə-​ˈpä-​fə-​ˌgī How to pronounce anthropophagus (audio) , -​ˌjī , -​ˌgē \

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Recent Examples on the Web This led paleontologist Christopher Brochu and colleagues to name the Olduvai predator Crocodylus anthropophagus – the human-eating crocodile. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "Why Paleontologists Should Love Meat-Eaters," 30 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of anthropophagus

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthropophagus

borrowed from Latin anthrōpophagus, noun derivative of Greek anthrōpophágos "eating human flesh" — more at anthropophagous

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“Anthropophagus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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