Recent Examples of shaman from the Web
A shaman figure perpetually holds his arms to the skies.
Once upon a time, shamans danced to bring the rains.
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Origin and Etymology of shaman
ultimately from Evenki (Tungusic language of Siberia) šamān
First Known Use: 1698See Words from the same year
SHAMAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shaman for English Language Learners
: someone who is believed in some cultures to be able to use magic to cure people who are sick, to control future events, etc.
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