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cannibal

An animal who eats another of the same species. The term has been extended from its original use, which was confined to humans, to include all animals who feed on each other. From Canibales, the Spanish name for the Carib tribe of the West Indies who practised cannibalism.
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In contrast caterpillars in the field, which were not found to exhibit cannibalistic behavior, were less food limited.
According to the author, "In Northern Algonquian traditions, the windigo was the spirit of winter, which could transform a man, woman, or child into a cannibalistic being with a heart of ice.
Some researchers have argued that these finds are leftovers of cannibalistic practices.
Possible sources of variation that may affect cannibalistic behaviors in various species include the season at parturition, animal density per room and the age of dams at the time of parturition (KORPELA et al., 2011).
Why does Francophone Caribbean writing follow a trajectory of cannibalistic confrontation to a post-cannibalistic aesthetic that no longer contextualizes itself in relation to a history of colonialism?
This rare admission, for the period, of the possibility of a cannibalistic reading did not sit well with the next generation of commentators.
4 and 12) The CSIs hunt a cannibalistic killer and discover that he's not alone.
However, their investigations take an even weirder twist when they begin to suspect their unseen fellow suburbanites are part of a cannibalistic cult.
Texts mediate the relation between cannibalism and corpse medicine (60), genres mediate between the medical trade and the cannibalistic implications of that trade (65), the human body mediates between retributive state justice and corpse pharmacology (42), and writers mediate the Protestant challenge to the Catholic Eucharist through an "expression of alimentary desire and cannibalistic language" (125).
Dent hoped the widely publicized cannibalistic crime would boost support for a ban on chemicals used in the quasi-legal speed substitutes.
Here it is New York--a city absolutely devastated by a terrorist attack which has also left the survivors infected with a virus that drives them to cannibalistic predation.