Definition of orisha
: a Yoruba deity; also : one identified with a Roman Catholic saint in Santeria
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The Yoruba religion has more than 400 orishas like her, representatives of the supreme god Olodumare.
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Origin and Etymology of orisha
First Known Use: 1854See Words from the same year
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