mojo

[moh-joh]
noun, plural mojos, mojoes.
1.
the art or practice of casting magic spells; magic; voodoo.
2.
an object, as an amulet or charm, that is believed to carry a magic spell.

Origin:
1925–30, Americanism; compare Gullah moco witchcraft, magic, probably akin to Fulani moco'o medicine man (c represents voiced palatal stop)

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mojo (ˈməʊdʒəʊ)
 
n , pl mojos, mojoes
1.  a.  an amulet, charm, or magic spell
 b.  (as modifier): ancient mojo spells
2.  the art of casting magic spells
3.  uncanny personal power or influence
 
[C20: of W African origin]

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Main Entry:  mojo
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a Cuban seasoning of garlic, olive oil, and sour (Seville) oranges used as a dip, marinade, or sauce
Etymology:  Span. mojar 'make wet'
Usage:  cooking
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Word Origin & History

mojo
1920s, probably of Creole origin, cf. Gullah moco "witchcraft," Fula moco'o "medicine man."
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mojo definition

[ˈmodʒo]
  1. n.
    magic or spells. (Assumed to originate with African slaves. Very old.) : The old lady was said to possess powerful “mojo” which the others feared her for.
  2. n.
    power; charisma. : She seemed to radiate a penetrating mojo that made her easy to deal with.
  3. n.
    sex appeal; sex drive. : Man, does he have mojo to spare!
  4. n.
    heroin; morphine; cannabis. (Drugs. See also on the mojo.) : Why don't you try to kick the mojo?
  5. n.
    a narcotics addict. (Drugs.) : These mojos will rob you blind if you don't keep an eye on them.
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Example sentences
The mojo of open journalism, plus that itchy beta thing.
He seemed to be concentrating on getting in touch with his mojo.
The fear is that they will somehow screw up the team's mojo.
The culture appears to have lost its mojo, its churning energy.
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