Definition of penanggalan in US English:

penanggalan

(also pĕnanggalan)

noun

  • In Malaysian folklore: a kind of female vampire which preys on children and women in labour.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Newbold (1807–1850), army officer in the East India Company and oriental scholar. From Malay penanggalan.

Pronunciation

penanggalan

/pəˈnaŋɡələn/