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 for cannibal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cannibal \Can"ni*bal\, n. [Cf. F. cannibale. Columbus, in a
     letter to the Spanish monarchs written in Oct., 1498,
     mentions that the people of Haiti lived in great fear of the
     Caribales (equivalent to E. Caribbees.), the inhabitants of
     the smaller Antilles; which form of the name was afterward
     changed into NL. Canibales, in order to express more forcibly
     their character by a word intelligible through a Latin root
     "propter rabiem caninam anthropophagorum gentis." The
     Caribbees call themselves, in their own language. Calinago,
     Carinago, Calliponam, and, abbreviated, Calina, signifying a
     brave, from which Columbus formed his Caribales.]
     A human being that eats human flesh; hence, any that devours
     its own kind. --Darwin.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cannibal \Can"ni*bal\, a.
     Relating to cannibals or cannibalism. "Cannibal terror."
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a person who eats human flesh [syn: cannibal, man-
           eater, anthropophagus, anthropophagite]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  150 Moby Thesaurus words for "cannibal":
     Brillat-Savarin, Cain, Lucullus, amphibian, animal,
     anthropophagite, apache, aquatic, assassin, assassinator,
     barbarian, beast, biped, bloodletter, bloodshedder,
     board-and-roomer, boarder, bon vivant, bravo, brute, burker,
     butcher, button man, canine, cannibalistic, carnivore, carnivorous,
     commensal, connoisseur of food, consumer, cosmopolite, cutthroat,
     desperado, destroyer, dietetic, diner, diner-out, dining, eater,
     eater-out, eating, epicure, eradicator, executioner, exterminator,
     feeder, feeding, feline, flesh-eater, flesh-eating, fruitarian,
     garroter, gastronome, gastronomic, glutton, gluttonous, gnawer,
     gorilla, gourmand, gourmet, grain-eater, grain-eating, graminivore,
     graminivorous, granivore, granivorous, grass-eating, gun, gunman,
     gunsel, hatchet man, head-hunter, herbivore, herbivorous,
     high liver, hit man, homicidal maniac, homicide, hungry mouth,
     hyena, insect-eating, insectivore, insectivorous, invertebrate,
     killer, lactovegetarian, luncher, mammal, mammalian, man-eater,
     man-eating, man-killer, manslayer, marsupial, marsupialian,
     massacrer, matador, meat-eater, meat-eating, mensal, mouth,
     murderer, nihilist, nourishing, nutritious, omnivore, omnivorous,
     omophagist, omophagous, pantophagist, pantophagous, pesticide,
     phytivorous, phytophage, phytophagous, picnicker, plant-eater,
     plant-eating, poison, poisoner, postprandial, prandial, predacean,
     predacious, preprandial, primate, quadruped, reptile, rodent,
     ruminant, savage, scavenger, shark, slaughterer, slayer, strangler,
     thug, tiger, torpedo, trencherman, trigger man, ungulate, vandal,
     varmint, vegetable-eating, vegetarian, vermin, vertebrate,
     wild man, wrecker

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  CANNIBAL, n.  A gastronome of the old school who preserves the simple
  tastes and adheres to the natural diet of the pre-pork period.

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