Word of the Week: Ghoul

Ghoul is a noun and defined as a legendary evil being that robs graves and feeds on corpses. The term ghoul derives from the Arabic word ghūl or “to seize.” In Arabic, the word ghoul also refers to a greedy or gluttonous individual. 

It wasn’t until 1786 when the term ghoul was first referenced in English literature. In the novel Vathek, English novelist Willian Beckford discusses the ghūl as described in Arabic folklore. Additionally, the term ghoul became popular in European society after One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales, was translated into French.

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“Ghoul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary

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