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long pig

(among the Maori and Polynesian peoples) human flesh as food for cannibals.
Origin of long pig
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for long pig
Historical Examples
  • I will be the butcher for that long pig, and the lady will rush into the arms of conquest.

    Springhaven R. D. Blackmore
  • Meat was the cry, and there was no other meat than puaa oa, the “long pig.”

  • Though cannibals, they do not kill for the sake of eating 'long pig,' like the cannibals of the South Seas.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • He was hungry for meat, for long pig, and when he saw some one he fancied, he threw his spear or struck them down with the u'u.

  • We do not eat the ‘long pig’ any more, but we have not the courage, the skill, or the strength.

British Dictionary definitions for long pig

long pig

(obsolete) human flesh eaten by cannibals
Word Origin
translation of a Māori and Polynesian term
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for long pig

"human being eaten as food," 1848, in a Pacific Islander context:

Bau literally stank for many days, human flesh having been cooked in every house, and the entrails thrown outside as food for pigs, or left to putrefy in the sun. The Somosomo people were fed with human flesh during their stay at Bau, they being on a visit at that time; and some of the Chiefs of other towns, when bringing their food, carried a cooked human being on one shoulder, and a pig on the other; but they always preferred the "long pig," as they call a man when baked. ["FEEJEE.--Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Watsford, dated Ono, October 6th, 1846." in "Wesleyan Missionary Notices," Sept. 1847]

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