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Zombie ECOND EDITION 1989
(zmb) Also zombi and with capital initial. [Of W. Afr. origin; cf. Kongo nzambi god, zumbi fetish.]
1. In the West Indies and southern states of America, a soulless corpse said to have been revived by witchcraft; formerly, the name of a snake-deity in voodoo cults of or deriving from West Africa and Haiti.
1819 R. SOUTHEY Hist. Brazil III. xxxi. 24 Zombi, the title whereby he [chief of Brazilian natives] was called, is the name for the Deity, in the Angolan tongue… NZambi is the word for Deity. 1872 SCHELE DE VERE Americanisms 138 Zombi, a phantom or a ghost, not unfrequently heard in the Southern States in nurseries and among the servants. 1886 Century Mag. Apr. 815/2 This spiritual influence or potentate is the recognized antagonist and opposite of Obi, the great African manitou or deity, or him whom the Congoes vaguely generalize as Zombi. 1929 W. B. SEABROOK Magic Island II. ii. 94 At this very moment, in the moonlight, there are zombies working on this island. 1943 R. OTTLEY New World 46 Adding the zombies, jumbies, and obeah men to the gallery of voodoo characters. 1966 G. GREENE Comedians iv. 104 Luckily no one dared move on the roads at night; it was the hour when only zombies worked or else the Tontons Macoute. 1979 J. RHYS Smile Please 30 Zombies were black shapeless things. They could get through a locked door and you heard them walking up to your bed. You didn’t see them, you felt their hairy hands round your throat. 1984 Times 26 Jan. 12/6 A zombie, as every schoolboy knows, is a person who has been killed and raised from the dead by sinister voodoo priests called bocors.