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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Spanish
Origin: Canibal 'member of the Carib people of the West Indies, who were said to eat human flesh', from Arawakan Caniba, Carib; CARIB

cannibal

noun
     
can‧ni‧bal [countable]
1 a person who eats human flesh
2HBA an animal that eats the flesh of other animals of the same kind
cannibalism noun [uncountable]
cannibalistic adjective

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