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- (rare) Person who vandalizes books by ripping their pages out and stealing them.
1959 January 25, Elizabeth Lawrence, Bill Neal editor, Through the Garden Gate, ISBN 0-8078-1907-7, page 5:
- I bought the text of the volume on bulbs for a dollar. It had been priced at a hundred dollars before some book-ghoul tore out the fifty-eight plates to use as decorations for lamp shades and scrap baskets.
1973 August, Julia Fields, “The Plot To Bring Back Dunking”, Black World, volume 22, number 10, page 70:
- And the front doors were locked. Locked for what? Burglary? Ol' book-ghoul come to retrieve his pictures from E-boney?