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noun
  1. (mythology, folklore) A spirit said to feed on corpses.
    • 1927 " w:H.P. Lovecraft, H.P. Lovecraft, http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Pickman's_Model Pickman's Model
    • :The other chamber had shown a pack of ghouls and witches over-running the world of our forefathers, but this one brought the horror right into our own daily life!.
      1. A graverobber; a person with an undue interest in death and corpses.
Translations:
    Etymology: Persian (FAchar, ÙÙ) — an imaginary sylvan demon, supposed to devour men and animals. Compare Arabic (ARchar, ÙÙ) and French goule.


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