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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cannibalize, cannibaliseverb

    eat human flesh

  2. cannibalize, cannibaliseverb

    use parts of something to repair something else


  1. cannibaliseverb

    To eat the flesh of one's own specie.

  2. cannibaliseverb

    To remove parts of (a machine, etc) for use in other similar machines.

  3. Etymology: * cannibal + -ise


  1. cannibalise

    Cannibalism is the act of consuming another individual of the same species as food. Cannibalism is a common ecological interaction in the animal kingdom and has been recorded in more than 1,500 species. Human cannibalism is well documented, both in ancient and in recent times.The rate of cannibalism increases in nutritionally poor environments as individuals turn to members of their own species as an additional food source. Cannibalism regulates population numbers, whereby resources such as food, shelter and territory become more readily available with the decrease of potential competition. Although it may benefit the individual, it has been shown that the presence of cannibalism decreases the expected survival rate of the whole population and increases the risk of consuming a relative. Other negative effects may include the increased risk of pathogen transmission as the encounter rate of hosts increases. Cannibalism, however, does not—as once believed—occur only as a result of extreme food shortage or of artificial/unnatural conditions, but may also occur under natural conditions in a variety of species.Cannibalism is prevalent in aquatic ecosystems, in which up to approximately 90% of the organisms engage in cannibalistic activity at some point in their life-cycle. Cannibalism is not restricted to carnivorous species: it also occurs in herbivores and in detritivores. Sexual cannibalism normally involves the consumption of the male by the female individual before, during or after copulation. Other forms of cannibalism include size-structured cannibalism and intrauterine cannibalism. Behavioral, physiological and morphological adaptations have evolved to decrease the rate of cannibalism in individual species.


  1. cannibalise

    Cannibalise generally refers to the act of using parts from something existing to make something new or to improve on it. It can also refer to the detrimental process where a new product or service takes away the demand or market share from an existing product or service offered by the same organization. Furthermore, it can refer to the literal act of one organism or species consuming others of its own kind.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cannibalise in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cannibalise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of cannibalise in a Sentence

  1. Jeffrey Landsberg:

    LNG will continue to cannibalise the coal market, coal's not going to die, but it's hard to be bullish.

  2. Ivan Glasenberg:

    We don't want to oversupply and cannibalise our own business, if we do generate cash and we don't find better ways to deploy it, we are owner-managers and we are happy to pay back some money to ourselves.


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