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shaman

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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.

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

sha·man·ic 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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