cannibal


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cannibal

a. a person who eats the flesh of other human beings
b. (as modifier): cannibal tribes
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Then, dry-eyed but suffering, she rose and followed the Russian through the Stygian blackness of the jungle, along the winding, leafy corridor that led from the village of M'ganwazam, the black cannibal, to the camp of Nikolas Rokoff, the white fiend.
This account cleared up the otherwise unaccountable mystery, and showed that the landlord, after all, had had no idea of fooling me --but at the same time what could I think of a harpooneer who stayed out a Saturday night clean into the holy Sabbath, engaged in such a cannibal business as selling the heads of dead idolators?
The next moment the light was extinguished, and this wild cannibal, tomahawk between his teeth, sprang into bed with me.
Stop your grinning, shouted I, and why didn't you tell me that that infernal harpooneer was a cannibal? I thought ye know'd it; --didn't I tell ye, he was peddlin' heads around town?
I remembered a story of a white man --a whaleman too--who, falling among the cannibals, had been tattooed by them.
Unfortunate man of science, after having braved the icebergs of the South Pole, the coral reefs of Oceania, the cannibals of the Pacific, to perish miserably in a railway train!
The presence of these cannibals affected them no more than the soldiers of a masked battery care for the ants that crawl over its front.
Reach out Thy hand, O Lord, and save Fiji, poor cannibal Fiji."
"That is true," interjected Clayton, "yet we must not overlook the fact that except for himself the only human beings within hundreds of miles are savage cannibals. He was armed precisely as are they, which indicates that he has maintained relations of some nature with them, and the fact that he is but one against possibly thousands suggests that these relations could scarcely have been other than friendly."
The eyes of all the cannibals were fixed upon him in doubt and fear and eagerness.
A South African man, who is a self-confessed cannibal, has been sentenced to a life term in prison.