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noun

(among North American Indians and some other aboriginal peoples) a person believed to possess magical or supernatural powers; shaman.
a seller of patent medicine, especially before 1900, presenting a medicine show to attract customers.

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Origin of medicine man

First recorded in 1795–1805
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medicine man

noun

(among certain peoples, esp North American Indians) a person believed to have supernatural powers of healing; a magician or sorcerer
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