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shaman

play
noun sha·man \ˈshä-mən, ˈshā- also shə-ˈmän\

Simple Definition of shaman

  • : someone who is believed in some cultures to be able to use magic to cure people who are sick, to control future events, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shaman

plural shamans

  1. 1 :  a priest or priestess who uses magic for the purpose of curing the sick, divining the hidden, and controlling events

  2. 2 :  one who resembles a shaman; especially :  high priest 3

shamanic play \shə-ˈma-nik, -ˈmä-\ adjective

Origin of shaman

ultimately from Evenki (Tungusic language of Siberia) šamān


First Known Use: 1698

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