cannibal

noun can·ni·bal \ ˈka-nə-bəl \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of cannibal

: one that eats the flesh of its own kind

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Origin and Etymology of cannibal

New Latin Canibalis Carib, from Spanish Caníbal, from Taino Caniba, of Cariban origin; akin to Carib kariʔna Carib, person


CANNIBAL Defined for English Language Learners

cannibal

noun

Definition of cannibal for English Language Learners

  • : a person who eats the flesh of human beings or an animal that eats its own kind


CANNIBAL Defined for Kids

cannibal

noun can·ni·bal \ ˈka-nə-bəl \

Definition of cannibal for Students

1 : a human being who eats human flesh
2 : an animal that eats other animals of its own kind

Medical Dictionary

cannibal

noun can·ni·bal \ ˈkan-ə-bəl \

medical Definition of cannibal

: one that eats the flesh of its own kind

cannibal

adjective

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