medicine man

noun
|Updated on: 3 Jun 2018

Definition of medicine man

: a person especially among American Indian groups who is believed to possess supernatural powers that can heal illnesses and keep away evil spirits : shaman

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1801

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MEDICINE MAN Defined for English Language Learners

medicine man

Definition of medicine man for English Language Learners

  • : a person in Native American cultures who is believed to have magic powers that can cure illnesses and keep away evil spirits


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medicine man

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: a person especially among American Indian groups believed to have magic powers to cure illnesses and keep away evil spirits


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