anthropophagi

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

The plural of Latin anthropophagus, from Greek ἀνθρωποϕάγος "man-eating", English since 1581 (as an ethnonym). Use of the singular anthropophagus is rare.

Noun[edit]

anthropophagi

  1. plural form of anthropophagus
    • 1581 "Histories make mention of a people called Anthropophagi, eaters of men." (B. Gilpin, A godly sermon preached in the court at Greenwich)
    • 1837 "A poor New Zealander, whose forefathers had from time immemorial been anthropophagi." (J. D. Lang, An historical and statistical account of New South Wales I. 386)
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Othello, Act 1
      It was my hint to speak,—such was the process;
      And of the Cannibals that each other eat,
      The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads
      Do grow beneath their shoulders.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • capitalized Anthropophagi, as the name of a supposed people of man-eaters in ancient ethnography.

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

anthrōpophagī

  1. nominative plural of anthrōpophagus
  2. genitive singular of anthrōpophagus
  3. vocative plural of anthrōpophagus