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ghoul

[ gool ]
/ gul /
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noun

an evil demon, originally of Muslim legend, supposed to feed on human beings, and especially to rob graves, prey on corpses, etc.
a grave robber.
a person who revels in what is revolting.

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Origin of ghoul

First recorded in 1780–90, ghoul is from the Arabic word ghūl
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British Dictionary definitions for ghoul

ghoul
/ (ɡuːl) /

noun

a malevolent spirit or ghost
a person interested in morbid or disgusting things
a person who robs graves
(in Muslim legend) an evil demon thought to eat human bodies, either stolen corpses or children

Word Origin for ghoul

C18: from Arabic ghūl, from ghāla he seized
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