tabu

tabu

[tuh-boo, ta-]
adjective, noun, verb (used with object)
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taboo or tabu (təˈbuː)
 
adj
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
 
n , -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
 
vb
5.  (tr) to place under a taboo
 
[C18: from Tongan tapu]
 
tabu or tabu
 
adj
 
n
 
vb
 
[C18: from Tongan tapu]

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