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hoodoo

[ hoo-doo ]
/ ˈhu du /
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noun, plural hoo·doos.
Hoodoo. African American folk magic practiced predominantly in the southeastern United States through rituals of protection, herbal medicine, charming of objects, and ancestor veneration.Compare Vodou, Voodoo (def. 1).
(in popular culture) bad luck, or a person or thing that brings bad luck.
Geology. a pillar of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion.
verb (used with object), hoo·dooed, hoo·doo·ing.
(in popular culture) to bring or cause bad luck to.
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Origin of hoodoo

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; apparently a variant of Voodoo
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British Dictionary definitions for hoodoo

hoodoo
/ (ˈhuːduː) /

noun plural -doos
a variant of voodoo
informal a person or thing that brings bad luck
informal bad luck
(in the western US and Canada) a strangely shaped column of rock
verb -doos, -dooing or -dooed
(tr) informal to bring bad luck to

Derived forms of hoodoo

hoodooism, noun

Word Origin for hoodoo

C19: variant of voodoo
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