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mojo

[moh-joh]
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noun, plural mo·jos, mo·joes.
  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.
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Origin of mojo

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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  • He would often call his sisters my children (mojo dzieci), out of tenderness, and add some playful affectionate expressions.

  • The mojo is a little mound consisting of onions and green peppers chopped very fine, and lemon juice added to the gravy.

  • If you want the steak a la espanola, it should be fried instead of broiled, and when well done each piece surmounted by a mojo.


British Dictionary definitions for mojo

mojo

noun plural mojos or mojoes US slang
    1. an amulet, charm, or magic spell
    2. (as modifier)ancient mojo spells
  1. the art of casting magic spells
  2. uncanny personal power or influence
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Word Origin

C20: of W African origin
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Word Origin and History for mojo

n.

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

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