Cannibal

A word applied to those who eat human flesh. The usual derivation is Caribbee, corrupted into Canibbee, supposed to be man-eaters. Some of the tribes of these islands have no r.

The natives live in great fear of the canibals (i.e.
Caribals, or people of Cariba).
Columbus.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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