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tabu

[tuh-boo, ta-] /təˈbu, tæ-/
adjective, noun, verb (used with object)
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taboo

/təˈbuː/
adjective
1.
forbidden or disapproved of; placed under a social prohibition or ban: taboo words
2.
(in Polynesia and other islands of the South Pacific) marked off as simultaneously sacred and forbidden
noun (pl) -boos, -bus
3.
any prohibition resulting from social or other conventions
4.
ritual restriction or prohibition, esp of something that is considered holy or unclean
verb
5.
(transitive) to place under a taboo
Word Origin
C18: from Tongan tapu
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