makutu

/ (ˈmɑːkʊːtuː) /

noun NZ

witchcraft or magic

verb (tr)

to cast a spell on (a person)

Word Origin for makutu

Māori
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Examples from the Web for makutu

  • 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.