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cannibalism

Definition:

the practice of eating the flesh of one's own kind

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Derivative:

cannibalistic

Plural:

cannibalisms

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Spanish: Canibalis: the name given by Christopher Columbus to the Caribs of Cuba ...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Cannibalism | anthropophagy

the act or practice of humans eating the flesh or internal organs of other human beings. It's also called anthropophagy. A person who practices cannibalism is called a cannibal. The expression "cannibalism" has been extended into zoology to mean one ... (40 of 9189 words, 10 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Cannibalism

Britannica Encyclopedia:

cannibalism [human behaviour] | anthropophagy [synonym]

eating of human flesh by humans. The term is derived from the Spanish name for the Carib, a West Indies tribe well known for its practice of ... (27 of 387 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/92701​/cannibalism

cannibalism [animal behaviour]

in zoology, the eating of any animal by another member of the same species. Cannibalism frequently serves as a mechanism to control population or to ... (25 of 130 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/92695​/cannibalism

Collins Dictionary:

cannibalism | cannibalistic [adjective, derived]

the act of eating human flesh or the flesh of one's own kind | savage and inhuman cruelty (17 of 434 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cannibalism

Columbia Encyclopedia:

cannibalism

eating of human flesh by other humans. The charge of cannibalism is a common insult, and it's likely that some alleged cannibal groups have merely ... (25 of 312 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0810201​.html

Random House Dictionary:

cannibalism

the eating of human flesh by another human being. | the eating of the flesh of an animal by another animal of its own kind. | the ceremonial eating of ... (28 of 114 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/cannibalism

Oxford Dictionary:

cannibal | cannibalism [derived] | cannibalistic [derived] | cannibalistically [derived]

a person who eats the flesh of other human beings | an animal that feeds on flesh of its own species. (20 of 95 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cannibal

Merriam-Webster:

cannibalism | cannibalistic [adjective, related]

the usually ritualistic eating of human flesh by a human being | the eating of the flesh of an animal by another animal of the same kind | an act of ... (29 of 54 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cannibalism

American Heritage Dictionary:

cannibal | cannibalism [noun, related] | cannibalistic [adjective, related]

A person who eats the flesh of other humans. | An animal that feeds on others of its own kind. (19 of 51 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cannibal

New World Dictionary:

cannibal | anthropophagite | cannibalism [noun, related] | cannibalistic [adjective, related]

a person who eats human flesh | an animal that eats its own kind | of, resembling, or having the habits of cannibals (21 of 50 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cannibal

Wiktionary:

cannibalism

The act of eating another of one's own species. | In speech, the occurrence of one word "eating" part or all of the next word, because the syllables ar the same. For example, "Look, an MIT shirt" for "Look, an MIT T-shirt". (41 of 42 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cannibalism

Cambridge Dictionary:

cannibal | cannibalism [noun, derived] | cannibalistic [adjective, derived]

a person who eats human flesh, or an animal which eats the flesh of animals of its own type (19 of 32 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cannibal

Macmillan British Dictionary:

cannibalism [uncountable]

the practice of being a cannibal (6 of 30 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cannibalism

Encarta Dictionary:

practice | practices [plural] | practiced [past tense] | practicing [present participle] | practise [Canadian spelling, British spelling]

to do something repeatedly in order to improve performance in a sport, art, or hobby | to do something as an established custom or habit | to work in ... (27 of 319 words, 10 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737515​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

cannibalism

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

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cannibalism

Columbia Encyclopedia:

cannibalism

Origin: Spanish canĂ­bal, referring to the Carib

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0810201​.html

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

cannibalism

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "cannibalism"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cannibalism

Cambridge Dictionary:

cannibal

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "cannibalism"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "cannibalism"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cannibal

Macmillan British Dictionary:

cannibalism [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "cannibalism"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cannibalism

Macmillan American Dictionary:

cannibalism [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "cannibalism"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/cannibalism

the Free Dictionary:

cannibalism

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "cannibalism"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "cannibalism"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/cannibalism

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

cannibalism

Audio: North American pronunciation of "cannibalism"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=cannib​02 word=cannibalism

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