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makutu

noun NZ
  1. witchcraft or magic
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verb (tr)
  1. to cast a spell on (a person)
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Word Origin

Māori
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Examples from the Web for makutu

Historical Examples

  • He saw singular ceremonies, the rites of the makutu, the black art.

    The adventures of Kimble Bent

    James Cowan

  • Many a case of death from makutu came under Bent's observation during his life among the Maoris.

  • Some of these were makutu spells by which the wizard could slay an enemy, by witchcraft and the power of the evil eye.