Meaning of cannibalism in English:



mass noun
  • The practice of eating the flesh of one's own species.

    ‘the film is quite disturbing at points with references to cannibalism’
    ‘to avoid cannibalism caterpillars were reared individually’
    • ‘Its narrator is a 23-year-old woman whose obsession with cannibalism may be more than academic.’
    • ‘It's loosely based on the true story of the only man ever convicted of cannibalism in the United States.’
    • ‘Cannibalism never appears within the human boundaries of this imagined community.’
    • ‘Cannibalism was one method of establishing otherness in early modern representations of all three groups.’
    • ‘They offer the most complex discussions of cannibalism among the Iroquois.’
    • ‘In a few fish, reducing brood size sometimes leads to total brood cannibalism.’
    • ‘We investigate the adaptive value of cannibalism in this orb-web spider, where 60 percent of males do not survive copulation.’
    • ‘Variation in foraging vigor of certain female spiders predicts the occurrence of sexual cannibalism.’
    • ‘Ecologically, cannibalism is just a special form of predation, functioning to increase access to animal food.’