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)

Examples of anthropophagus in a Sentence

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, 30 Jan. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anthropophagus was in 1552

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“Anthropophagus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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