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[an-thruh-pof-uh-jahy, -gahy]
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plural noun, singular an·thro·poph·a·gus [an-thruh-pof-uh-guh s] /ˌæn θrəˈpɒf ə gəs/.
  1. eaters of human flesh; cannibals.
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Origin of anthropophagi

1545–55; < Latin, plural of anthrōpophagus cannibal < Greek anthrōpophágos man-eating. See anthropo-, -phage, -phagous
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Related Words

savage, ogre, primitive, brute, aborigine, ruffian, anthropophagite, ogress, head-hunter

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Historical Examples

  • Besides, the Indians of these regions were not anthropophagi.

    Celebrated Travels and Travellers

    Jules Verne

  • Are they anthropophagi, or are they of a friendly disposition?

  • Mr. Petit has a learned dissertation on the nature and manners of the Anthropophagi.

  • Among other things, he disputes whether or no the Anthropophagi act contrary to nature?

  • I found myself, in a word, to be fed up like a prisoner in a camp of anthropophagi, and honoured like the sacrificial bull.

    St. Ives

    Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for anthropophagi


pl n singular -gus (-ɡəs)
  1. cannibals
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin, from Greek anthrōpophagos; see anthropo-, -phagy
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