juju

[joo-joo]
noun
1.
an object venerated superstitiously and used as a fetish or amulet by tribal peoples of West Africa.
2.
the magical power attributed to such an object.
3.
a ban or interdiction effected by it.

Origin:
1890–95; allegedly < Hausa jūjū fetish

jujuism, noun
jujuist, noun
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juju (ˈdʒuːdʒuː)
 
n
1.  an object superstitiously revered by certain W African peoples and used as a charm or fetish
2.  the power associated with a juju
3.  a taboo effected by a juju
4.  any process in which a mystery is exploited to confuse people
 
[C19: probably from Hausa djudju evil spirit, fetish]
 
'jujuism
 
n
 
'jujuist
 
n

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Main Entry:  juju1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a charm or amulet with magical powers; also written ju-ju
Etymology:  French joujou 'plaything'
Main Entry:  juju2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the magical power of such an object
Etymology:  French joujou 'plaything'
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