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powwow

[ pou-wou ]
/ ˈpaʊˌwaʊ /
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noun
verb (used without object)
to hold a powwow.
Informal. to confer.
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Origin of powwow

First recorded in 1615–25, Americanism; from Narragansett (English spelling) powwaw “shaman, healer” (and the identical word in Massachusett ), from unattested Proto-Algonquian pawe·wa “he dreams” (used as a derived agent noun meaning “he who dreams”, i.e., one who derives his power from visions)
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British Dictionary definitions for powwow

powwow
/ (ˈpaʊˌwaʊ) /

noun
a talk, conference, or meeting
a magical ceremony of certain North American Indians, usually accompanied by feasting and dancing
(among certain North American Indians) a medicine man
a meeting of or negotiation with North American Indians
verb
(intr) to hold a powwow

Word Origin for powwow

C17: from Algonquian; related to Natick pauwau one who practises magic, Narraganset powwaw
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