Origin of cannibal
Examples from the Web for cannibal
Amirpour's next project is one she bills as a “Texas cannibal love story.”The Punk Behind Iran's Only Vampire Spaghetti Western-Style Love Story|Melissa Leon|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fellow cops at the 26th Precinct in upper Manhattan wondered if they really had been working with a cannibal.
The headline: "Three Englishmen Saved From Boiling Pot By Cannibal Chief, Who Was Friend at Oxford."
And cruder devices certainly deepen the effect of a name; Caliban is a rough anagram of “cannibal,” and Cassio contains an “ass.”
The Cannibal Cop may end up being saved by his own sick and shameful words.
From this horrible draught, swallowed in the ecstasy of triumph, Kau-ulu-fonua earned his surname of Fekai (the Cannibal).Savage Island|Basil C. Thomson
It is as curious a fact that amongst the majority of cannibal people there is no equivalent for "thank you."The Keepers of the King's Peace|Edgar Wallace
I believe in those days I would willingly have walked into the midst of a cannibal camp and taken my chance.The Second String|Nat Gould
They were seen by the Rossel Islanders, pursued and captured, and slaughtered for the cannibal ovens, which were now never idle.The Call Of The South|Louis Becke
He was wild and savage in appearance and manner as any cannibal Indian.The Pathless Trail|Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
- a person who eats the flesh of other human beings
- (as modifier)cannibal tribes
Word Origin for cannibal
"human that eats human flesh," 1550s, from Spanish canibal, caribal "a savage, cannibal," from Caniba, Christopher Columbus' rendition of the Caribs' name for themselves (see Caribbean). The natives were believed to be anthropophagites. Columbus, seeking evidence that he was in Asia, thought the name meant the natives were subjects of the Great Khan. Shakespeare's Caliban (in "The Tempest") is from a version of this word, with -n- and -l- interchanged, found in Hakluyt's "Voyages" (1599). The Spanish word had reached French by 1515. Used of animals from 1796. An Old English word for "cannibal" was selfæta.