- (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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Historical Examples of medicine man
He said he just wished there was an Indian medicine-man around somewhere.The Flight of Pony Baker
W. D. Howells
That is to say, I am a medicine-man, or minister of the Great Spirit.Three Years on the Plains
Edmund B. Tuttle
“But the medicine-man of the palefaces does not live in the forest,” returned the Indian.Brave and True
George Manville Fenn
“It does not need a medicine-man to tell me that,” said Dechamp, sternly.The Buffalo Runners
Two-thirds of the methods of the shaman, the witch-doctor, the medicine-man, were psychic.Preventable Diseases
- (among certain peoples, esp North American Indians) a person believed to have supernatural powers of healing; a magician or sorcerer