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noun ta·boo
plural taboos also tabus

Medical Definition of TABOO

:  a prohibition in some cultures against touching, saying, or doing something for fear of immediate harm from a mysterious superhuman force
:  a prohibition imposed by social custom or as a protective measure <the view that incest, not cannibalism, was the world's first taboo—Phyllis Grosskurth>
:  belief in taboos
taboo also tabu adjective

Variants of TABOO

ta·boo also ta·bu \tə-ˈbü, ta-\
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