zombie

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
zom•bie /ˈzɑmbi/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Mythology(in voodoo)
    • the body of a dead person that is magically filled with what seems to be life and set to perform tasks as a mute slave without free will.
    • a living person that is made a slave in the same manner after the soul has been magically removed.
  2. Informal Termsa person whose behavior or responses are slow, mechanical, or without feeling;
    automaton.
  3. Winea drink made with fruit juice, sugar, and several kinds of rum.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
zom•bie  (zombē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Mythology(in voodoo)
    • the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose.
    • the supernatural force itself.
  2. Informal Terms
    • a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote;
      automaton.
    • an eccentric or peculiar person.
  3. Mythologya snake god worshiped in West Indian and Brazilian religious practices of African origin.
  4. Winea tall drink made typically with several kinds of rum, citrus juice, and often apricot liqueur.
  5. British Terms, Military[Canadian Slang.]an army conscript assigned to home defense during World War II.
zombi•ism, n. 
  • Kongo or Kimbundu nzambi god
  • apparently 1810–20

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
zombie, zombi /ˈzɒmbɪ/ n ( pl -bies, -bis)
  1. a person who is or appears to be lifeless, apathetic, or totally lacking in independent judgment; automaton
  2. a supernatural spirit that reanimates a dead body
  3. a corpse brought to life in this manner
Etymology: from Kongo zumbi good-luck fetish
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