zombie

If you've ever watched a zombie movie, you know that a zombie is a terrifying but slow-moving monster, a dead body that moves as if it's alive and has a taste for human flesh.

There is an entire literary genre that features zombies and the people who are hunting or fighting them off, as well as scores of films about zombies. A zombie is an ideal movie monster, horrible to look at and nearly impossible to kill. The word zombie comes from West Africa, related to both the Kikongo word zumbi, or "fetish," and the Kimbundu word nzambi, or "god."

Definitions of zombie
  1. noun
    a god of voodoo cults of African origin worshipped especially in West Indies
    synonyms: snake god, zombi
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    type of:
    deity, divinity, god, immortal
    any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
  2. noun
    (voodooism) a spirit or supernatural force that reanimates a dead body
    synonyms: zombi, zombi spirit, zombie spirit
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    type of:
    disembodied spirit, spirit
    any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
  3. noun
    a dead body that has been brought back to life by a supernatural force
    synonyms: living dead, zombi
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    type of:
    dead person, dead soul, deceased, deceased person, decedent, departed
    someone who is no longer alive
  4. noun
    someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way
    synonyms: automaton, zombi
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    type of:
    anomaly, unusual person
    a person who is unusual
  5. noun
    several kinds of rum with fruit juice and usually apricot liqueur
    synonyms: zombi
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    type of:
    highball
    a mixed drink made of alcoholic liquor mixed with water or a carbonated beverage and served in a tall glass
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