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zombie (n.)

1871, of West African origin (compare Kikongo zumbi "fetish;" Kimbundu nzambi "god"), originally the name of a snake god, later with meaning "reanimated corpse" in voodoo cult. But perhaps also from Louisiana creole word meaning "phantom, ghost," from Spanish sombra "shade, ghost." Sense "slow-witted person" is recorded from 1936.

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Definitions of zombie

zombie (n.)
(voodooism) a spirit or supernatural force that reanimates a dead body;
Synonyms: zombi / zombi spirit / zombie spirit
zombie (n.)
a god of voodoo cults of African origin worshipped especially in West Indies;
Synonyms: zombi / snake god
zombie (n.)
a dead body that has been brought back to life by a supernatural force;
Synonyms: zombi / living dead
zombie (n.)
someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way;
Synonyms: automaton / zombi
zombie (n.)
several kinds of rum with fruit juice and usually apricot liqueur;
Synonyms: zombi
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