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juju

[joo-joo]
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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 of juju

1890–95; allegedly < Hausa jūjū fetish
Related formsju·ju·ism, nounju·ju·ist, noun
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juju

noun
  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
Derived Formsjujuism, nounjujuist, noun

Word Origin

C19: probably from Hausa djudju evil spirit, fetish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for juju

n.2

"marijuana cigarette," 1940, supposedly from reduplicated middle syllable of marijuana.

n.1

object of religious veneration among West Africans, 1860, supposedly ultimately from French joujou "toy, plaything."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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