shaman

[shah-muh n, shey-, sham-uh n]
noun
  1. (especially among certain tribal peoples) a person who acts as intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds, using magic to cure illness, foretell the future, control spiritual forces, etc.

Origin of shaman

1690–1700; < German Schamane < Russian shamán, probably < Evenki šamān, samān
Related formssha·man·ic [shuh-man-ik] /ʃəˈmæn ɪk/, adjective
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shaman

noun
  1. a priest of shamanism
  2. a medicine man of a similar religion, esp among certain tribes of North American Indians
Derived Formsshamanic (ʃəˈmænɪk), adjective

Word Origin for shaman

C17: from Russian shaman, from Tungusian ̆saman, from Pali samana Buddhist monk, ultimately from Sanskrit śrama religious exercise
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Word Origin and History for shamanic

shaman

n.

1690s, "priest of the Ural-Altaic peoples," probably via German Schamane, from Russian sha'man, from Tungus saman, which is perhaps from Chinese sha men "Buddhist monk," from Prakrit samaya-, from Sanskrit sramana-s "Buddhist ascetic" [OED]. Related: Shamanic.

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