cannibal

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Borrowed from Spanish caníbal, from Taíno caniba, the Taíno form recorded by Christopher Columbus for the Caribs, who were greatly feared. From an Arawakan language, probably Taíno.

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cannibal (plural cannibals)

  1. An organism which eats others of its own species or kind, especially a human who eats human flesh.
    • 1845, Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the World, page 204:
      These insects were not uncommon beneath stones. I found one cannibal scorpion quietly devouring another.
    • 1908, James William Tutt, A natural history of the British Lepidoptera: a text-book for students and collectors, page 65:
      [...] that the larvae of Thecla calanus is a cannibal, eating its weaker brethren when short of food.
    • 1995, Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear, People of the Lakes, Macmillan (→ISBN):
      His expression slack, Green Spider methodically pried out another clod and swallowed it. “I'm a cannibal. Eating the Earth Mother. Chewing the flesh from her bones. Cannibal ... cannibal ... cannibal!” Otter tried to shake off his discomfort, ...

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