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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ghoul \Ghoul\ (g[=oo]l), n. [Per. gh[=o]l an imaginary sylvan demon, supposed to devour men and animals: cf. Ar. gh[=u]l, F. goule.] An imaginary evil being among Eastern nations, which was supposed to feed upon human bodies. [Written also ghole .] --Moore. [1913 Webster]