A zombie (Haitian Creole: zonbi; North Mbundu: nzumbe) is an “animated corpse resurrected by mystical means, such as witchcraft”. The term is often figuratively applied to describe a hypnotized person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli. Since the late 19th century, zombies have acquired notable popularity, especially in North American and European folklore.
In modern times, the term “zombie” has been applied to an undead being in horror fiction, largely drawn from George A. Romero‘s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. They have appeared as plot devices in various books, films, television shows, and video games.