cannibalism

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Spanish: Canibalis: the name given by Christopher Columbus to the Caribs of Cuba and Haiti who allegedly ate human flesh.

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cannibalism ‎(usually uncountable, plural cannibalisms)

  1. The act of eating another of one's own species.
  2. (figuratively) An act in which one thing consumes or takes over another of the same kind.
  3. In speech, the occurrence of one word "eating" part or all of the next word, because the syllables are the same. For example, "Look, an MIT shirt" for "Look, an MIT T-shirt".

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